A History of Tasmania

A History of Tasmania : From its Discovery in 1642 to the Present Time

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James Fenton (1820-1901) was born in Ireland and emigrated to Tasmania (then known as Van Diemen's Land) with his family in 1833. He became a pioneer settler in an area on the Forth River and published this history of the island in 1884. The book begins with the discovery of the island in 1642 and concludes with the deaths of some significant public figures in the colony in 1884. The establishment of the colony on the island, and the involvement of convicts in its building, is documented. A chapter on the native aborigines gives a fascinating insight into the attitudes of the colonising people, and a detailed account of the removal of the native Tasmanians to Flinders Island, in an effort to separate them from the colonists. The book also contains portraits of some aboriginal people, as well as a glossary of their language.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1 b/w illus. 4 colour illus. 1 map 14 tables
  • 1139107631
  • 9781139107631

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Tasman's discovery; 2. New South Wales occupied; 3. Governor Davey; 4. Governor Sorell; 5. Governor Arthur; 6. History of the aboriginal inhabitants from the formation of the colony until their removal to Flinders Island; 7. State of the colony; 8. Governor Sir John Franklin; 9. Sir Eardley Wilmot Governor; 10. Governor Denison arrives with important commissions from the Home Office; 11. The Irish state prisoners; 12. Imperial Act for Better Government of the Australian Colonies; 13. A new era; 14. Governor Young arrives; 15. Proceedings of Parliament; 16. Governor Browne arrives; 17. Governor Du Cane arrives; 18. Governor Weld arrives; 19. Discovery of tin at Mount Bischoff; 20. Sir G. C. Strahan appointed Governor; 21. Continued prosperity; Appendix.show more