Your own island

This is King George Island, off Tasmania and it’s up for sale for $AU700 000 or thereabouts.  A 15 minute boat trip from the mainland, if you have that sort of dosh and hanker for the quiet life, then this is for you.  There’s another one going too, called Picnic Island.

Like other idyllic parts of the Tasmanian coast it comes with covenants restricting what can be built on the 19 hectares once grazed by sheep and now regenerating bushland.  That covenant allows you to build a small dwelling, single-storey home sensitive to the environment and aesthetics of the area.

So, if you have no plans to be anything but a yokel with a hut on that island, no dreams of development, hotels etc., then it could be for you.

Which brings up the question of private ownership of land again, doesn’t it?   And who said that this island could be sold and that one not?  If I want an island, then what business is it of the government to claim they own it?  What’s crown land anyway?  Isn’t possession nine points of the law?

4 comments for “Your own island

  1. October 20, 2010 at 12:11

    Give me a hut, fresh water, a fishing rod and a big stick to repel invaders then I’d quite happily live a hermit’s life.

    As to private property I often think of the famous quote from the hedgerow priest John Ball:

    “When Adam delved and Eve span, Who was then the gentleman? From the beginning all men by nature were created alike, and our bondage or servitude came in by the unjust oppression of naughty men. For if God would have had any bondmen from the beginning, he would have appointed who should be bond, and who free. And therefore I exhort you to consider that now the time is come, appointed to us by God, in which ye may (if ye will) cast off the yoke of bondage, and recover liberty.

  2. MadPiper
    October 20, 2010 at 12:56

    What fun is owning an island when you have covenants restricting what you can do on it? Obviously the restrictions are for the benefit of the neighbors and not of the nominal owner.

    And what about those poor sheep that lived there in peace? Where is the public outrage on their behalf?

  3. October 20, 2010 at 13:57

    “Isn’t possession nine points of the law?”

    Nope. Whoever has the biggest army owns the land.

  4. October 21, 2010 at 03:28

    Old saints on millstones float with cats
    to islands out at sea
    whereon no female pelvis can
    threaten their agape.

    (Auden, I think)

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