RICHARD & MARIANNE DAVIS
Richard was born at Nasik, India on 22 February 1935, the son of a forest officer from Ireland, and was educated mainly in Ireland (Belfast and Dublin). From the University of Dublin (Trinity College) he received an honours degree in History (1956), an MLitt for research on Irish History (1958) and the Higher Diploma in Education (1960). While lecturing in History at Otago University, Dunedin, 1964-66, he worked for a PhD at that institution (awarded in 1968). In 1967 he transferred to the University of Tasmania, from which he retired in 1996 as an Emeritus Professor. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 1997.
Marianne was born at Feilding, New Zealand on 26 March 1935, the daughter of a sheep and cattle farmer. She graduated from Victoria University in 1957 with a BA, majoring in Psychology. After training at the Wellington Teachers' College, she taught in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. Moving to Tasmania in 1967, she taught in a Hobart secondary school and also English to migrants before obtaining a Diploma in Librarianship from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education in 1979. In 1995 she retired after ten years in the State Library of Tasmania. Both Richard and Marianne have been enthusiastically involved in local U3A groups (Hobart, Clarence and Kingborough) which have inspired some of the works listed below.
''Richard and Marianne Davis started Sassafras Books to publish Irish, New Zealand and Tasmanian History. Their first book was Eighty Years' Labor, The ALP in Tasmania, 1903-1983 . An update of this book is now being researched. Other Sassafras volumes include Irish Traces on Tasmanian History , The Whistling Irish Bushrangers: Tasmania and South Australia, 1848-63 , William Smith O'Brien Ticket-of-Leave New Norfolk [several editions], William Smith O'Brien at Maria Island and Port Arthur , Ulster Enterprise and Public Service in New Zealand and Victoria . A complete general list of publications follows the History of the Tasmanian Labor Party.