Georgie Burgess,

Georgie Burgess

Hobart, TAS, Australia

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Past articles by Georgie:

Jack Trewin's sudden death sparks push for epilepsy awareness

Hobart teenager Jack Trewin died suddenly last month and now his mother, Penny, wants to raise awareness about services available to help the estimated 800,000 families living with epilepsy. → Read More

Thousands of convicts died in Tasmania. Where many lie remains a mystery

Efforts are under way to find and protect the remains of convicts in unidentified graves across the former Van Diemen's Land before bulldozers move in. → Read More

'Endangered' status for shy albatross, recognising threats from climate change and fishing

The shy albatross is Australia's only endemic albatross, and it has just been upgraded to 'endangered'. One expert says it serves as a wake-up call. → Read More

Sorell in Tasmania is 200 years old, now the once-tiny town wants to be a hub in its own right

Founded in the early 1800s, Sorell was once the breadbasket of Australia. Two centuries on, the town 25 kilometres north-east of the Tasmanian capital of Hobart is fighting to be a regional hub in its own right. → Read More

'Like a living creature': Winter fog is quite a sight, but what causes it and when is it just mist?

Fog and mist makes for a beautiful winter sight as it weaves around valleys, but what causes it? → Read More

Historic Tunnel Hill railway tunnel for lease, though owner says it 'wouldn't be a great place to live'

Do you have a large wine collection? Or are you a cheese maker? Well, this historic tunnel might be just what you're looking for — but doomsday prepper may be disappointed by the dampness of the storage. → Read More

Tasmanian mother warns about wood heater safety after carbon monoxide near miss

Kim Davies was cooking tea when she noticed her two-year-old son's lips had gone blue and he had lost consciousness. The fire officer's carbon monoxide reader later revealed a dangerously high level in her unit. → Read More

Women's cricket in Australia started in late 1800s in southern Tasmania

Women's cricket started back in the '80s, and no, not the 1980s — the first organised roster was played more than 130 years ago on a remote island off Tasmania. → Read More

Black cockatoos and bad weather 'nothing more than a coincidence': Birdlife expert busts bird myths

Can black cockatoos predict bad weather, and have hot chips led seagulls to thrive as a species? And what about the Lake Eyre pelican mystery? → Read More

Convict women who called Cascades Female Factory home lived 'cold and bleak' life

Over 50 years from 1803, 12,500 women were transported to Van Diemen's Land as convicts. They were punished by spending time in female factories. → Read More

Rescuers pinpoint location of injured walker on Flinders Island using what3words service

When a walker became injured on a remote island, three words told her rescuers exactly where she was. → Read More

Rare 200-year-old clay pipe depicting thylacine dubbed the 'holy grail' of Tasmanian archaeology

A clay pipe depicting a Tasmanian tiger has the archaeology community in a buzz. → Read More

Solitude nothing new for nuns of Launceston's Carmelite Monastery

Having been a nun for 22 years, Mother Teresa Benedicta knows a thing or two about isolation. Here are her tips for living in solitude. → Read More

Prickles the sheep returns home to Dunalley farm after fleeing 2013 bushfires

Prickles the merino sheep has been on the run from her Dunalley farm since the 2013 Tasmanian bushfires, but now she's out of self-isolation and ready for a trim. → Read More

Three-footed seagull spotted on Tasmania's east coast by ornithologist on lunchbreak

An ornithologist who decided to take five while conducting a bird survey in Tasmania could hardly believe his eyes when he spotted a three-footed seagull. But even he had no idea how unusual the find was. → Read More

Sympathy for the devils: Why April is the cruellest month for newborn Tasmanian devils

If you see a Tasmanian devil this week, remember to wish it happy birthday. They've earned it, after a brutal natural selection process in which a maximum of four joeys — out of a litter of 40 — survive. → Read More

Royal Derwent Hospital Ladies' Cottage dig reveals objects concealed for 'power and control'

The deliberate concealment of objects throughout history has been linked to superstition, but for a patient at this notorious psychiatric asylum it was an act of resistance. → Read More

Giant pumpkin bid nipped in the bud by Bream Creek Show cancellation

Sorell farmer Shane Newitt put six months of love into his giant pumpkin to compete at the Bream Creek Show, but its cancellation hasn't stopped him showing it off. → Read More

Tasmanian devils keep feral cats at bay, in turn saving bandicoots, study shows

The Tasmanian devil is a fierce creature, but a new study reveals it reduces feral cat numbers and saves bandicoots. Could it be reintroduced to mainland Australia as a pest eradicator? → Read More

Sea turtle sighting in Bicheno waters rare, but could be the first of many as waters warm, expert says

A sighting of a sea creature not usually found in Tasmanian waters has surprised onlookers, but could become more frequent, experts say. → Read More