'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.
Pubpsher: [Brisbane] : University of Queensland Press
Category: Australian essays
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.
Release on 2015-03-01 | by Murray Johnson,Ian McFarlane
An Aboriginal History
Author: Murray Johnson,Ian McFarlane
Pubpsher: UNSW Press
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.
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