Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby

Andrew Darby is the Hobart correspondent for Fairfax Media. His focus is on Australia's interests south of 40 Degrees South - Tasmania, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. He is the author of the internationally published Harpoon: Into the Heart of Whaling

Military icebreaker's arrival adds to whaling conflict

Andrew Darby CONSERVATIONISTS tried to halt a new attempt by the Japanese whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru to refuel as a military icebreaker reached the conflict off the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Anti-whaling ships hit

Andrew Darby A Sea Shepherd ship has been disabled and a tanker ship hit amid ice-strewn Antarctic waters in a clash with Japanese whalers.

Tasmania under new fire threat

23 May 2012, news, story by Chris Knaus, photo by STUART WALMSLEY. Unveiling of the new ACT Emergency Services Agency training centre in Hume. Generic image of protective fire fighting clothing

Andrew Darby Hot, dry and windy conditions have sparked a fresh spate of bushfires threatening homes in Tasmania.

Tasmania fire survivors ready to rebuild

Burnt houses at Dunalley

Andrew Darby Just a fortnight after wading into the sea to hide beneath a jetty, a Tasmanian family whose bushfire survival story resonated globally are keen to rebuild.

Musician returns to a happy note

Mal Battersby.

Andrew Darby, Sommers Bay, Tasmania Malcolm Battersby shook his head, still amazed that he could sit on the deck of his little Tasmanian shack, while around him his friends' homes were gone.

Hundreds homeless but hopes up for no fatalities

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Andrew Darby More than 300 people are homeless as a result of the Tasmanian bushfires, according to the state government.

Red Cross tries to ease fears over 'missing people'

Tasmania Police Acting Commissioner Scott Tilyard.

Andrew Darby The Red Cross has attempted to ease fears regarding potential victims of the Tasmanian bushfires amid continuing media claims of concerns for up to 100 missing people.

Tasmania police allay fears 100 missing

Tasmania Police Acting Commissioner Scott Tilyard.

Andrew Darby POLICE have discounted media claims that up to 100 people are missing victims of the Tasmanian bushfires.

Bob Brown to lead Sea Shepherd

Bob Brown

Andrew Darby The former Greens leader will be at the helm of this season's Antarctic campaign against Japanese whalers.

Prepare for more scorchers, Gillard warns

Prime Minister Julia Gillard embraces Summers Bay Road resident Julie Miller.

Andrew Darby, Dunalley, Tasmania Prime Minister Julia Gillard underscored the dangers facing Australia this summer from climate change as she saw Tasmanian bushfire ruins, and warned people to expect more.

Police begin grim search for fire victims

Burnt houses at Dunalley on the east coast of Tasmania after a bushfire ravaged the town.

Andrew Darby, Hobart and Adrian Lowe Most of the nearly 100 people feared missing in bushfires in Tasmania have been accounted for and no deaths have been recorded so far, police say.

Memories revived as dark inferno revisits Dunalley

A scene of devastation in Dunalley.

Andrew Darby The fire that came for Dunalley brought a dark rhythm with it.

Pretty town now a pile of cinders and smoke

A house, destroyed by a bush fire, lies in ruins in Dunalley about 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Hobart January 5, 2013. In Australia's island state Tasmania, local media reported that over 100 homes had been destroyed and police said thousands of residents had been displaced by dozens of bush fires driven by record high temperatures on Friday.     REUTERS/Edith Bevin/Australian Broadcasting Corporation    (AUSTRALIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. AUSTRALIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN AUSTRALIA

Andrew Darby The fire that came for Dunalley brought a dark rhythm with it.

Tasmanian bushfire damage grows

Smoke from a bushfire billows over beach goers at Carlton, about 20 kilometres east of Hobart.

Andrew Darby A bushfire that tore through the Tasmanian town of Dunalley on Friday has burned on to spread and take dozens more properties.

Man feared dead, at least 80 properties lost in Tasmanian bushfires

Andrew Darby, Nick Ralston AT LEAST 80 homes have been lost and one man is feared killed by a bushfire that swept down onto the Tasmanian town of Dunalley, less than 60 kilometres from Hobart, in catastrophic conditions.

Anti-whaling skipper poses problem over arrest notice

December 2, 2012
Captain Paul Watson rejoins the SSS Steve Irwin to command the 
Sea Shepherd fleet during Operation Zero Tolerance

Andrew Darby A DIPLOMATIC headache is developing for the federal government as ground is laid for the wanted Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, to come ashore in Australia.

Andrew Darby

Brown joins anti-whalers

Bob Brown

Andrew Darby Former Greens leader Bob Brown has been appointed a director of Sea Shepherd Australia in a bid to ensure the safety of the anti-whaling group's leader, Paul Watson.

Not so much as a nibble: sun setting on wildlife paradise's rabbit war

Macquarie rabbit hunter Cameron Walker sets out across the island's plateau.

Andrew Darby FOR more than a year, hunters have scoured windy hills and tussock flats through sub-Antarctic cold and still there is no sign.

Japan denies problem despite whale hunt delay

(FILES) This file handout image received on February 16, 2011 and taken on February 9, 2011 by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society shows Sea Shepherd crewmembers (R) gathering at the bow of their ship Bob Barker looking out at the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru (L) in the Southern Ocean. US conservation group Sea Shepherd vowed on December 18, 2012 to fight a US court order to stay at least 500 yards away from Japanese whaling ships, and to keep protecting whales

Andrew Darby THE Japanese government has confirmed plans to go whaling in the Antarctic this summer amid speculation over the late departure of a key ship.

Health academic killed in Tasmania

An academic is said to have been murdered in Tasmania.

Andrew Darby Man known as an international founding father of health economics said to have been murdered.