Guest Speaker Ian Burnett
Join the Women’s Pioneer Society as the present to you the Author Ian Burnet who will be talking on his book Spice Island.
Ian grew up in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia and graduated with a degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Melbourne.
He first went to work in Indonesia in 1968 as a young geologist and became fascinated by the diverse cultures and rich history of the archipelago. He has spent thirty years, living, working and travelling in Indonesia.
Cloves and nutmeg originally only grew on a few tiny islands in Eastern Indonesia. Ian thought the story of the islands of Ternate and Tidore, and their effect on world history had to be told. After ten years researching and writing this story, it became the book Spice Islands which tells the history, romance and adventure of the spice trade over 2000 years. Spice Islands has received critical acclaim and been described as - “a wonderful book- a triumph of passion and scholarship”.
Ian organised sailing voyages around the Spice Islands in 2012, 2013 ,2014, 2015 and 2016 for those interested in exploring the eastern archipelago, sailing in a traditional Indonesian wooden schooner (Bugis pinisi) which is now complete with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The vessels sails to the islands where nutmeg and cloves originally grew, visiting the spice plantations as well as the historic forts that have been built by the Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch traders who sought to monopolise the spice trade.
Ian’s book tells a fascinating story with beautiful illustrations, filled with gorgeous pictures from botanical illustrations, to portraits and pictures evoking the age of sail. This will be a speaker you do not want to miss.
Call Lorna Stone to book no 02 9522 8924