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The last of the Tasmanians, or, The black war of Van Diemen's Land / by James Bonwick
Bib ID 2538683
Format BookBook
Bonwick, James, 1817-1906
Description London : Sampson Low, Son, & Marston, 1870 
vii, 400 pages, [16] leaves of plates (1 folded) : illustrations (some colour), 1 map, portraits ; 22 cm. 

Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK954.


Brief notes on early explorers & contacts; appearance of natives, clothing, food, confidence & trust at first meeting; 1804 - Risdon soldiers kill natives; 1810 - Order issued forbidding murder or cruelty; account of visit to Hobart, peaceful conditions to 1824; 1819 - Brief account of meeting between King & natives; hostile acts by Oyster Bay tribe - spears, stones & waddies noted; full account of outrages against natives, kidnapping of children; retaliation of natives for ill-treatment of women; 1828 - Demarcation order proclaimed; martial law proclaimed - rewards for capturing natives, law repealed 1833; Broken Bay native, Mosquito, became leader of Tasmanian tribe; 1825 Mosquito and Black Jack executed; infanticide practiced to enable quicker movement of groups; notes on atrocities at Oatlands; station at Bruni Island, whaling station established, difficulties encountered; contact by Robinson of Stony Creek group - entry into Hobart with natives; remaining tribes surrendered - gives details of location & numbers; Robinsons life saved by Truganini; 1830-1833 - 159 natives taken to Flinders Island; notes on Gun Carriage Island, Swan Island settlements, Oyster Cove settlement in 1847 description of clothing, physical appearance; sealers & native women, half-castes; native rights theories, effects of alcohol; effect on religious life by Father Clark; some remarks on sterility of women; extract from Flinders (1837) of 4 deaths from chronic visceral inflammation; details of Lalla Rookh, or Truganini.


Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK954.

Cited In

Ferguson, J.A. Bibliography of Australia, 7232

Subjects Aboriginal Tasmanians.  |  Land rights - Ownership.  |  Government policy - Initial period and protectionism - 1788-1850.  |  Law - Administrative law - Tasmania.  |  Paredarerne / Oyster Bay people (Tas SK55-06)  |  Law enforcement - Police - Native police.  |  Health - Physiology and diseases.  |  Costume and clothing.  |  Race relations - Racial discrimination.  |  Religions - Christianity.  |  Weapons - Spears.  |  Race relations - Racism - Stereotyping.  |  Weapons - Clubs and fighting sticks.  |  Government policy - State and territory - Tasmania.  |  Colonisation.  |  Substance use - Alcohol.  |  Animals - Marine mammals - Whales.  |  Settlement and contacts - Explorers.  |  Dharug / Daruk / Darug people (S64) (NSW SI56-05)  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - To 1900.  |  Hunting - Seal.  |  Demography - Census data.  |  Tasmania -- History.  |  Risdon Cove (SE Tas SK55-08)  |  Oyster Cove (SE Tas SK55-08)  |  Oyster Bay (E Tas SK55-06)  |  Swan Island (Tas Bass Strait SK55-02)  |  Lalla Rookh (WA East Pilbara SF50-04)  |  Bruny Island (SE Tas SK55-08)  |  Hobart (SE Tas SK55-08)  |  Flinders Island (Tas Bass Strait SK55-02)  |  Broken Bay (N Sydney area NSW SI56-05)
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Black war of Van Diemen's Land


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