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announcing Australian Unconvention 2018 - Hobart -9-11 November 2018

And the winner is Hobart! Tentatively for November 2018. More details to follow. Organized by davemurray101

https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361

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And the winner is Hobart! Tentatively for November 2018. More details to follow. Organized by davemurray101

https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/
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Pleased to see you are organising it davemurray101, I thought I would end up doing it!
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I was beginning to wonder if there'd been any discussion about next year's Australasian Unconvention.

I notice you've sensibly avoided the winter months in Tasmania!
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I would be interested in coming as I have not been to Tasmania before.
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I reckon I might have 4 plus ones.
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Unconvention is being held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical.
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Unconvention is being held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical.


Hi Dave, so we voted for Cup week after all? I'm not sure if people realised this when they selected the 9-11 weekend.
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Great stuff Dave! Oozy67 and I hope to go too.
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We've got a website! https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/

It's also in the original post for ease of finding (I'm such a librarian!)
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We've got a website!

It's also in the original post for ease of finding (I'm such a librarian!)
In this company, that's not a bad thing. Not at all.
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We've got a website! https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/

It's also in the original post for ease of finding (I'm such a librarian!)

Can you make it public please, so I can see it.
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Hi Kiwiinengland

Group is now public.

DM
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Hi Kiwiinengland

Group is now public.

DM

I still can't see it....
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And the winner is Hobart! Tentatively for November 2018. More details to follow. Organized by davemurray101

https://www.facebook.com/---/138428713467361/

Please post the winning dates for non FB users. 9 - 11 Nov I believe.
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Confusion.

I am somewhat confused that it is now being held this weekend straight after Melbourne cup after it was decided to be held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical. Is this so people can go to both?
Anyway, thanks for organising it Dave, Hobart is a great place and has many attractions.
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I am somewhat confused that it is now being held this weekend straight after Melbourne cup after it was decided to be held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical. Is this so people can go to both?
Anyway, thanks for organising it Dave, Hobart is a great place and has many attractions.


I put this on Facebook too, and I think it is so people can go to the Cup as well. The majority voted for the date.
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I am somewhat confused that it is now being held this weekend straight after Melbourne cup after it was decided to be held mid-November away from the Melbourne cup when fares will be astronomical. Is this so people can go to both?
Anyway, thanks for organising it Dave, Hobart is a great place and has many attractions.


I put this on Facebook too, and I think it is so people can go to the Cup as well. The majority voted for the date.

I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.
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I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.
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I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I have been hesitant to give an opinion here, as someone has kindly volunteered to organise the next Unconvention, but why must it be on facebook? Not everyone uses it, but everyone can visit here. The unconvention and discussion is more inclusive if it is here, and what is there that can't be discussed here?
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I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I didn't know there was a vote going on.
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.
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I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I didn't know there was a vote going on.
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.

Neither did I. Votes should be taken here.
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I didn't even know there was a vote going on..
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.


It was on the Facebook page.

I didn't know there was a vote going on.
No mention of it on the book crossing forum.

Neither did I. Votes should be taken here.

I gather if you are not on Facebook the Hobart convention is not interested in you/your opinion.
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I think the organizer can organize in any way they choose.
They are volunteers, we are not mbrs as such we just go along if we want to. There is also no requirement as such to use this site for all BC associated activities. We are a 'no rules' kinds group.

Having been one of the organizers of a couple of these it is my personal view that FB is much easier to use when compared to this site.

BTW I don't think it was a binding referendum it was just an invitation to give an indication/vote for preferred dates.

IMO it is Dave's choice when to hold the event, how the event will be structured and what method(s) of communication he will use.
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That's why I said initially, "I have been hesitant to give an opinion here, as someone has kindly volunteered to organise the next Unconvention."
Having been one of the organizers of a couple of these it is my personal view that FB is much easier to use when compared to this site.

I personally find FB difficult to navigate and this site much easier and clearer to use.
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Yah!!

Haven't been to Hobart or Tasmania for quite a few years could be an extended trip on the horizon :)
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Haven't been to Hobart or Tasmania for quite a few years could be an extended trip on the horizon :)

I will extend my holiday in Tasmania. I will take my car on the ferry.
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There hasn't been much information; it would be reassuring to know if the date was set in stone so air tickets booked would not be a waste.
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Also please, where in Hobart please. Thank you :)
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Also please, where in Hobart please. Thank you :)

Again, davemurray101 would be the person to speak to. I'm not sure if you've ever visited Hobart but it's really not a big city. The CBD area is really quite compact.

Like you, I don't have any real information but I'm assuming most events will be in/near the CBD (pretty much all the Australian Uncons I've attended in the past have followed this pattern). I've gone ahead and booked accommodation in the CBD on this basis. Basically, any accommodation in the CBD will not be far from the action.

If, for some reason, the Uncon doesn't go ahead on the planned dates in November 2018, I have to admit I'm not particularly worried. I would have taken a short holiday at roughly that time of the year anyway, and my Hobart holiday will be going ahead, irregardless of a BC Uncon.

I understand the circumstances may be different for people who have further to travel.
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I'm not sure if you've ever visited Hobart but it's really not a big city. The CBD area is really quite compact.

I have visited Hobart several times. Last time I stayed (just over a year ago) about 11kms from the centre, but it was still in Hobart, so that's why I wanted a better idea where to stay. The centre of Hobart might not be big, but the city of Hobart spreads out.

The previous visit to that I stayed in the CBD, but the hotel had no on-site car parking.
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There hasn't been much information; it would be reassuring to know if the date was set in stone so air tickets booked would not be a waste.

As far as I'm aware, davemurray101 is the only organiser. I'm not sure how often he peruses the BC fora. You could try PMing him if you require a speedy answer.
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Hi Kiwiinengland

Sorry I haven't been on forums since December.

Date is set for 9-11 November. I'm currently working out the details for program. I'm definitely including Salamanca Markets and Moma at some point in the event.

DM
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Hi Kiwiinengland

Sorry I haven't been on forums since December.

Date is set for 9-11 November. I'm currently working out the details for program. I'm definitely including Salamanca Markets and Moma at some point in the event.

DM

Brilliant, thanks for confirming....I can now start planning g 😊
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Dates pencilled in looking forward to MOMA on the bucket list and we thinking of heading down later this year now we can combine it with meeting some of our fav friends and some of the others from across the pond
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Battery Point Manor
13-15 Cromwell Street Battery Point.
Only 850 metres walk to Salamanca Place. $125 a night. There were still other rooms when I booked.


If you don't need car parking this one looks nice. In an old character building at Salamanca.
The Quarry Boutique Apartments
27 Salamanca Place. $159 a night, but that's cheaper than most nearby hotels.

If you book using this link: https://www.booking.com/---/97e8fe54
we both get $25.
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Hi!

I've never been to an Unconvention before. What happens at these? :)
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What goldenwattle said. It's up to the organisers. Sometimes there's a release walk with maps, a scavenger hunt, quiz night.

Generally it's just a matter of exploring a place, having a few meals together, swapping a few books, just having fun. Most of us know each other quite well now, but there's always a few new faces.

I wrote up some tales of the last one on my poor excuse for a travel blog: http://athousandflights.com/---/stewart-island/
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We all usually turn up with books for the book table (for others to take and to take any you like yourself), socialise, go to dinner together and often sightsee together. See, very casual :) There's also a mass book release; usually the left over books from the book table. Some people might spend time following their interests. For example, sometimes there might be several who geocache and we will go off doing that... but be back to join everyone for dinner.
There is no fee for attending the Australian Unconvention. Everyone selects, and pays for their own accommodation, plus meals, etc.
Activities vary from Unconvention to Unconvention, depending who is organising. The last one in Stewart Island, NZ had very little organised, but some have had an author or two to chat about their work, but don't always expect that to happen.
Davemurray101 is organising this, so best to contact him. Some tours have been suggested, such as a visit to MONA and the Salamanca Markets. There is also a BC website, which can be found at the top.
Everyone is very welcome to attend :)
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Jetstar Australia has cheap ( $45 AU) flights Melbourne to Hobart both ways - I was alerted by Kevin on the FB site and was able to get tickets - lots of flights to choose from.
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Bump

Feel free to join the facebook group.
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Feel free to join the facebook group.


I'm not on Facebook and the page can not be seen without joining. please also provide information on the bookcrossing forum.
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"!! 6 Months to go!! - What are people's thoughts on organised tours?"
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"!! 6 Months to go!! - What are people's thoughts on organised tours?"

I will put my views here, so ALL can read them.

I personally am often happy going off walking and caching (with company if any others are interested in caching too) during the day, but having said that, I will consider other people's ideas for tours, so I will not dismiss the idea that I might join in. I will also have my car with me, so maybe I could offer a geocaching tour on one of the days to a small interested group, if there are any other interested geocaching bookcrossers.

Meeting up at Salamanca Markets is not exactly a tour, but would be a fun group activity.
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Organised tours are a lot of fun. A captive audience of bookcrossers on a bus trip to almost anywhere is always memorable! The historuc town of Richmond could be a good destination as it is less than an hour away.
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The historuc town of Richmond could be a good destination as it is less than an hour away.

I am planning to go and spend time there before or after our get-together. It is a lovely area and I have chosen that area for my extended visit. But others can enjoy the tour.
There is also south of Hobart. I think there might be vineyards there?
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Excellent. Scanning this it seems like numbers are looking good.
However when I mention to people (for example Australian wishlist tag) they have no idea what I am talking about.
Can I suggest a PM is sent to all active bookcrossers in the region.
I did that for Queenstown. It took two Sunday afternoons to do NZ. But perhaps if we divided amongst 10 people or so? Be good to promote the GC at the same time.
Happy to assist, but not to lead.
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...flights there at least! Picked up $65 Jetstar flights direct from Adelaide (then added on luggage - for the books of course!). Just got to hope the return flights get cheaper again, and sort some accomodation too.

So add hubby and I to the list of attendees!
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Is anyone keen to go to the Cascades Female Factory https://femalefactory.org.au/---/heritage-tour/
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If others want this, I will go too.
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Please email me at invisible dot leopard at gmail dot com
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For those that are not on facebook, I copied the itinerary and here it is for you to view.
https://flic.kr/---/28v6ZYo
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I plan to spend Friday (but back for dinner) geocaching and site seeing, if anyone is interested in joining me. I will have a car and am thinking of driving south. But need to check the cache map first.

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