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'As much as they can gorge': colonial containment and Indigenous Tasmanian mobility at Oyster Cove Aboriginal station


Harman, K, 'As much as they can gorge': colonial containment and Indigenous Tasmanian mobility at Oyster Cove Aboriginal station, Indigenous Mobilities: Across and Beyond the Antipodes, ANU Press, R Standfield (ed), Canberra, pp. 145-165. ISBN 9781760462147 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]


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In 1803, the British began to expropriate Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) principally as a repository for convicts. They did this without prior negotiation with the estimated 6,000 Aboriginal people residing there, whose ancestorsí custodianship of country dated back at least 40,000 years. As increasing numbers of free settlers arrived, the British settlements in the north and south of the island, and the pastoral frontier, expanded. Consequently, Aboriginal mobility became severely constrained. Conflict over space, mobility, bodies and resources led to sustained warfare between Aboriginal people and colonists throughout the latter half of the 1820s and the early 1830s. The Vandemonian War was ultimately resolved by the exile of Aboriginal survivors to islands in Bass Strait. This was achieved by diplomatic negotiations between Lieutenant Governor George Arthur and Kickerterpoller (known to colonists as Black Tom), and by Conciliator of Aborigines George Augustus Robinsonís†Ďfriendly missioní in which Kickerterpoller was a participant.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:history, Australia, Tasmania, Indigenous, Oyster Cove, colonialism
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Harman, K (Associate Professor Kristyn Harman)
ID Code:123441
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-01-09
Last Modified:2022-10-12
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