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The Bill Flowers Auction,
proceeds the 2018 Taste the Harvest Event Launch at Bass Strait Maritime Centre

All funds raised from the paintings will be put back into the community for projects such as the purchase of a new bus for the School of Special Needs (this project will exceed $100,000 upon completion).



Bill Flowers  is an Australian painter, printmaker, cartoonist, animator & snake wrangler who lives in Northwest, Tasmania. His paintings include subjects such as snakes, Tasmanian Devils, and other predators, often getting close to his subjects in the wild.

Bill has been an integral part of the Artist on Board program aboard the Spirit of Tasmania during summer months, which is an initiative created by Creature Tales delivering entertainment services. In 2016, Bill produced a series of paintings called “Castaways on Preservation Island” to an audience of passengers over the course of day crossings from Melbourne to Devonport. The theme was to tell the story of the vessel Sydney Cove (named for its port of destination), that left Bengal in February 1797 and was struck by ill fortune when wrecked on Preservation Island, an island in Bass Strait. She was among the first ships wrecked on the east coast of Australia.

His paintings depict the perilous journey the sailors took and their untimely end. The series of seven paintings capture the enormity of the task they undertook and the extremes they faced, with only 3 of survivors from a crew of  seventeen.

The paintings have been donated by Spirit of Tasmania to the City of Devonport Lions Club to raise money towards the purchase of a 20-seater bus for the School of Special Education. The cost of this the bus upon completion will exceed $100,000.

You are invited to attend the auction on Wednesday 1 November or register to bid on the night. All enquires for attendance or to bid should be directed to Liz via email at

Your generous support is appreciated.

The Taste the Harvest Team.

Registration of Interest

Please email Liz at to register your interest to attend on the night or make a bid via phone on the night. Alternatively you can view the paintings from 20 October at the Bass Strait Maritime Centre and register your attendance at the counter with the crew.

Event Details

Event Launch and Charity Auction of Paintings

Wednesday, 1 November | Bass Strait Maritime Centre, Devonport | 6pm to 7.30pm


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Dangerous Waters

Darken the Sky w Mutton Birds

Death of a Lascar

Death of Another Lascar

Death of the Second Mate

Landing on Preservation Island

The Castaways