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The Aborigines of Tasmania's Furneaux Group By Paul Tapp
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A composite of accounts of whaling and sealing, including the A.L.Meston essay on 'Half-castes of the Furneaux Group'. They came from across the globe in tall ships, in billowing sails, iconic of an... More > era hell-bent on supplying the colonies and the giant cities of the northern hemisphere with their insatiable industrial needs. The many out of print publications to which I have referred, are conservative in their appraisal of the sealing and whaling hey-day of Tasmania, particularly the expansive bays and estuaries of the south and the islands of Bass Strait, the Furneaux Group. But it was the universal expression of the day of those authors, not to paraphrase in any emotional terms, the end result of that period of exploitation.They came, they slaughtered and regarded their new-found paradise as no more than their 'happy hunting-grounds' & moved on...for no other reason than that of the industrial pragmatic...there was nothing left. This publication salvages works otherwise lost to posterity.< Less
The Aborigines of Tasmania's Furneaux Group By Paul Tapp
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In the opening years of the nineteenth century the islands in Bass Strait were the happy hunting grounds of sealers, and such was the fame of the region that sealers from as far afield as Mauritius... More > and New England came to share in the rich harvest. It was the practice of merchants of Hobart and Sydney to send gangs of sealers to live on the islands, providing them with some provisions, but expecting them in the main to subsist on the flesh of kangaroo, wombat, and emu. The producer of this book initially set out to publish a record of the out-of-print essay of highly regarded anthropologist A.L.Meston, a Launceston teacher, historian and humanitarian. Because of the need to qualify for a quarto Lulu self-publishing format, it was necessary to include material from other out of print publications...a fortuitous requirement, given the result, an insight into an otherwise forgotten part of Tasmania's and indeed global history of the callous and shameful treatment of indigenous inhabitants.< Less
The Aborigines of Western Australia By Albert F. Calvert
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The Aborigines of Western Australia by Albert F. Calvert. ANY attempt to fathom the depth of mystery which surrounds the history of the Australian Aboriginal must necessarily be--in the main--a... More > failure. The subject is surrounded with difficulty. Captain Dampier was the first Englishman known to have made the acquaintance of the Australian natives, whom he calls "the poor winking people of New Holland, the miserablest people on earth," and so forth. During the intervening two centuries we have not added much to our knowledge regarding them. They have no written language, and are forbidden to speak of the dead: two serious obstacles to research. During my wanderings in Western Australia, in the capacity of a mining engineer, I came across a good many of the natives; and taking a profound interest in everything connected with the colony I resolved to set down in brief and simple form such facts...< Less
The History of Tasmania: Two Volumes Annotated By John West
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The History of Tasmania: Two Volumes Annotated by John West. The first reported sighting of Tasmania by a European was on 24 November 1642 by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who named the island... More > Anthoonij van Diemenslandt, after his sponsor, the Governor of the Dutch East Indies. The name was later shortened to Van Diemen's Land by the British. In 1772, a French expedition led by Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne landed on the island. Captain James Cook also sighted the island in 1777, and numerous other European seafarers made landfalls, adding a colourful array to the names of topographical features. The author takes this opportunity to thank the gentlemen who have allowed him, for several years, the use of their works on the colonies, and valuable original papers; especially the trustees of Lady Franklin's Museum, Messrs. R. Lewis, Hone, Gunn, Joseph Archer, Henty, P. Roberts, Wooley, and Pitcairn. This work includes a section on Tasmanian Zoology; and a useful list of the chief places in this country.< Less
The Customs and Traditions of the Aboriginal Natives of North Western Australia By John G. Withnell
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The Customs and Traditions of the Aboriginal Natives of North Western Australia by John G. Withnell. THE object of this work is to preserve, before civilization has made them obsolete, the... More > traditions and customs of the aboriginal natives of the North-West of Western Australia--particularly those of the Pilbarra district--as accurately as possible, based upon upwards of twenty years' observation. Since the discovery of gold and the consequent influx of population the natives cannot carry out their traditions as they used to do--most of the young men being in the employment of the whites, prefer to imitate them, caring little or nothing for their elders' teachings. So it is merely a matter of time when they will become extinct. It is quite probable that the curse of drink together with the supplanting of black children by mixed races will eventually cause them to die out, for it is reasonable to suppose that few intellectual persons will find companionship in the natives...< Less
Journals of Expeditions of Discovery Into Central Australia: Illustrated By Edward John Eyre
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Journals of Expeditions of Discovery Into Central Australia: Illustrated by Edward John Eyre. In offering to the public an account of Expeditions of Discovery in Australia, undertaken in the years... More > 1840-1, and completed in July of the latter year, some apology may be deemed necessary for this narrative not having sooner appeared, or perhaps even for its being now published at all. With respect to the first, the author would remark that soon after his return to South Australia upon the close of the Expeditions, and when contemplating an immediate return to England, he was invited by the Governor of the Colony to remain, and undertake the task of re-establishing peace and amicable relations with the numerous native tribes of the Murray River, and its neighbourhood, whose daring and successful outrages in 1841, had caused very great losses to, and created serious apprehensions among the Colonists.< Less
The Halfcastes of the Furneaux Group By Paul Tapp
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In 1945, Tasmanian academic, teacher and philanthropist, A.L.Meston wrote an essay entitled 'The Halfcastes of the Furneaux Group'. Meston documented the union between aborigines and white sealers... More > and whalers and others of those islands in Bass Strait that issued from those relationships of the 19th century. The producer of this small booklet based essentially on Meston's paper with some pictorial elaboration, feels that present-day Tasmanian aboriginal activism has a decided reference to this academic study.< Less
A Story of A Pioneer Family in Van Diemen's Land By Kate Hamilton Dougharty
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I have always been fascinated with this little book. On reading its pages, once living characters leapt out of a sophisticated part of our Tasmanian social heritage, rarely caught in modern writing.... More > Through letters and diaries, a relative of our pioneering free settlers from a rather privileged class, painted a living and lasting memory of her forebears, their travails and their triumphs in a part of VDL. Through the advent of scanners and software and the world wide web, I have re-published and even elaborated as footnotes, on topics and photos that the author never had access to. This story deserves to be out of the archives and back onto bookshelves. It pays tribute to Kate Hamilton Dougharty’s original works. I daresay she would be delighted at the knowledge of her book being resurrected from so many worthy ‘out of print’ publications, Paul Tapp, March 2011.< Less
Terra Nullius By T.D. McKinnon
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Based on a true story; Terra Nullius is an historical fiction that chronicles the events of the 19th century through the eyes of the unfortunate race who, at the time, just happened to occupy the... More > best piece of real-estate in the southern hemisphere. Aliens invaded the Caretakers’ land and proclaimed the land 'Terra Nullius' (land of none). The invaders stole their women and systematically murdered, raped and pillaged; spreading disease and decimating their number into virtual extinction. All the characters in this story are actual historical persons; their stories are dramatisations built around factual events. A central character is Trucannini, who witnessed the rape or murder, or both, of her sisters, mother and brother, and the mutilation and murder of her fiancé, and was herself pack raped; all by her sixteenth year. Beginning around two hundred years ago; it took just seventy years to all but obliterate a race of people who had taken care of their land for forty thousand years or more.< Less
The Mystery of Granny's Ghost By Neil WJ Smith
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In a rare book published 40 years ago I find a reference to a doctor and his wife who came to Tasmania, Australia, from England under strange circumstances. He'd been a physician to George III and... More > his wife a Lady in Waiting to the Queen. It was rumored they knew too much and had been sent to the colonies on a life pension. Meanwhile a 72 year-old grandmother decides to research her family tree only to learn that her childhood companion, Granny Fitz, died 17 years before she was born. What was her secret? I become caught up in the mystery which falls into my lap just at a time when my life had crashed in flames and I was living in a friend's old caravan in the Aussie bush with nothing. Suddenly I'm swept up on a romantic adventure, first to New York, then to Regency England where I'm walking in the footsteps of princes and paupers involved in the 200 year-old mystery. Later I'm on a plane to the north of romantic Italy and my life has come full circle. As I write I share with readers the story as it unfolds.< Less