A Geographical, Historical, and Topographical Description of Van Diemen's Land

With Important Hints to Emigrants, and Useful Information Respecting the Application for Grants of Land

A Geographical, Historical, and Topographical Description of Van Diemen's Land

p.11-25; Description of appearance of original population; relationships with colonists and sealers; native women; Brief notes on foods, tatooing, rafts, weapons, canoes; Quotes early writers.

Van Diemen's Land

A History

Van Diemen's Land

'The most significant colonial history since The Fatal. In re-imagining Australia's past, it invents a new future.' - Richard Flanagan 'The first ecologically based social history of colonial Australia, showing how wallabies led to liberty, and the bush became a true home for desperate men. A brilliant book and a must-read for anyone interested in how land shapes people.'-Tim Flannery Almost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen's Land. There they found a land of bounty and a penal society, a kangaroo economy and a new way of life. In Van Diemen's Land, James Boyce shows how the convicts were changed by the natural world they encountered. Escaping authority, they soon settled away from the towns, dressing in kangaroo-skin and living off the land. Behind the official attempt to create a Little England was another story of adaptation, in which the poor, the exiled and the criminal made a new home in a strange land. This is their story, the story of Van Diemen's Land.

The Hermit in Van Diemen's Land

The Hermit in Van Diemen's Land

This is a series of sketches describing the manners, foibles and morals of the residents of Hobart during the 1820s. Savery, as a convict, was not permitted to write and therefore called himself The Hermit.

Van Diemen's Land

An Aboriginal History

Van Diemen's Land

The history of Aborigines in Van Diemen’s Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. Their struggle against almost insurmountable odds is one worthy of respect and admiration, not to mention serious attention. This broad-ranging book is a comprehensive and critical account of that epic survival up to the present day. Starting from antiquity, the book examines the devastating arrival of Europeans and subsequent colonisation, warfare and exile. It emphasises the regionalism and separateness, a consistent feature of Aboriginal life since time immemorial that has led to the distinct identities we see in the present, including the unique place of the islanders of Bass Strait. Carefully researched, using the findings of archaeologists and extensive documentary evidence, some only recently uncovered, this important book fills a long-time gap in Tasmanian history.

Present State of Van Diemen's Land

Comprising an Account of Its Agricultural Capabilities, with Observations on the Present State of Farming, &c. &c. Pursued in that Colony: and Other Important Matters Connected with Emigration ..

Present State of Van Diemen's Land


Statistical View of Van Diemen's Land

Comprising Its Geography, Geology, Climate, Health and Duration of Life, Divisions of the Island, Number of the Houses, Expences of the People, Manufactures, Habits, Literature, Amusements, Roads, and Public Works ... Up to the Year 1831, Forming a Complete Emigrant's Guide

Statistical View of Van Diemen's Land