In the early 1990s there was a major push to amalgamate municipal councils, and it looked as if Glenorchy was going to be forced to join Hobart. Glenorchy Council didn’t want this, because they knew they’d be a minor part of Hobart, the northern suburbs, poor cousins. They employed me to write a second volume of the history up to the present, while they still existed.
It was a huge rush, and luckily my fellow historian and friend David Young was available to write four chapters. But it was good to be back at Glenorchy, especially working again with Mollie Tomlin.
There was a beleaguered sense at the Glenorchy Council Chambers. Some of the employees made a darts board out of a picture of the Minister for Local Government. The move was defeated at the last second, and Glenorchy stayed independent.