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'Me write myself' : the free Aboriginal inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land at Wybalenna, 1832-47 / Leonie Stevens
Bib ID 7378529
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Stevens, Leonie, 1962- author
 
Description Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, [2017] 
©2017 
xliv, 356 pages : maps ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781925495638 (paperback)
Series

Australian history.

Summary

Exiles, lost souls, remnants of a dying race ... The fate of the First Nations peoples of Van Diemen’s Land is one of the most infamous chapters in Australian, and world, history. The men, women and children exiled to Flinders Island in the 1830s and 40s have often been written about, but never allowed to speak for themselves. This book changes that. Penned by the exiles during their fifteen years at the settlement called Wybalenna, items in the Flinders Island Chronicle, sermons, letters and petitions offer a compelling corrective to traditional portrayals of a hopeless, dispossessed, illiterate people’s final days. The exiles did not see themselves as prisoners, but as a Free People. Seen through their own writing, the community at Wybalenna was vibrant, complex and evolving. Rather than a depressed people simply waiting for death, their own words reveal a politically astute community engaged in a fifteen-year campaign for their own freedom: one which was ultimately successful. ‘Me Write Myself’ is a compelling story that will profoundly affect understandings of Tasmanian and Australian history.

Notes

Contains biographical information.

Includes bibliographical references (pages [332]-342) and index.

Subjects Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Tasmania -- Wybalenna Correspondence.  |  Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Tasmania -- Wybalenna -- Social conditions.  |  Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Tasmania -- Removal.  |  Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Tasmania -- Flinders Island -- History.  |  Aboriginal Tasmanians -- Tasmania -- Flinders Island -- Social conditions  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Non-Indigenous.  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Petitions.  |  History - Frontier conflict - Tasmania - Black War.  |  Settlement and contacts - Government settlements, reserves.  |  Race relations - Violent.  |  Politics and Government - Political action.  |  Flinders Island (Tas.) -- Social conditions.  |  Wybalenna (Tas.) -- History.  |  Wybalenna (Tas.) -- Social conditions.  |  Wybalenna (Flinders Island Tas SK55-02)  |  Flinders Island (Tas Bass Strait SK55-02)  |  Australian

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