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Into the heart of Tasmania: A search for human antiquity


Taylor, R, Into the heart of Tasmania: A search for human antiquity, Melbourne University Publishing Limited, Carlton, Vic, pp. 204. ISBN 9780522867961 (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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Copyright 2017 Text, Rebe Taylor; design and typography, Melbourne University Publishing Limited

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In 1908 English gentleman, Ernest Westlake, packed a tent, a bicycle and forty tins of food and sailed to Tasmania. On mountains, beaches and in sheep paddocks he collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools. Westlake believed he had found the remnants of an extinct race whose culture was akin to the most ancient Stone Age Europeans. But in the remotest corners of the island Westlake encountered living Indigenous communities.

Into the Heart of Tasmania tells a story of discovery and realisation. One man's ambition to rewrite the history of human culture inspires an exploration of the controversy stirred by Tasmanian Aboriginal history. It brings to life how Australian and British national identities have been fashioned by shame and triumph over the supposed destruction of an entire race. To reveal the beating heart of Aboriginal Tasmania is to be confronted with a history that has never ended.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:Tasmania, history, Aboriginal, archaeology, anthropology
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Objective Field:Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
UTAS Author:Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)
ID Code:126185
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-05-28
Last Modified:2018-07-26

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