Personal profile: Peter Manchester
Peter S Manchester B.Sc. (Hons), B.Ed. TTC.. Photographic Honors (AFIAP, AAPS, FAPS , FTPF)
Peter is Launceston born, educated at the University of Tasmania in geology, geochemistry and education. Apart from a short period at the Mines Department, then in ocean mining, he served National Service in Vietnam and Papua New Guinea. On return he served 40 years lecturing at TAFE, University and Colleges in geology, chemistry, still and video photography, multimedia(former Head of a Department) and recently geotourism to Australian and overseas to clients of all levels of experience. He is an accredited International judge in digital imagery and has conducted seminars, field trips and weekend getaways on Tasmanian Geology, photography and astronomy throughout Tasmania and mainland Australia. He was Australian President of the Australian Photographic Society in 2002 – 2006.
In 2010 Peter self-published a book on Tasmanian geology Created from Chaos” – 100 geological sites in Tasmania which has been distributed Australia-wide (now out of print but in process of writing the updated edition). In June this year Peter was given the challenge to photograph, write and publish a book and poster on Tasmanian fossils .. taking over from the late Dr. Max Banks. He is also producing a booklet on 30 Tasmanian Geotrails as a source of use for tourism.
Peter is a much sought after lecturer and educator in geology, geotourism,mineralogy and lecturers at places like U3A on various topics as scientific toys, inventions, meteorites and orchid growing. As an orchid grower he collects and presents at his place at Oakdowns.