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The map and the land: hidden Tasmanian histories


Wegman, I, The map and the land: hidden Tasmanian histories, Proceedings of the 9th National Cartographic Conference GeoCart'2018 46th Australian and New Zealand Map Society Conference, 5-7 September 2018, Wellington, NZ, pp. 62-63. ISBN 978-0-473-45257-5 (2018) [Conference Extract]

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In 1803 two ships sailed up the Derwent River, in the south of what is now known as Tasmania, to start what would become a complete transformation of the island. At the time the island was known as ‘Van Diemen’s Land’ (VDL), although for some of the Indigenous inhabitants it was known as trouwanna. It’s estimated that there were probably between 8000 and 10,000 Tasmanian Aborigines at the arrival of the British, divided into nine nations, and a number of clans within that. The relationship between the British newcomers and the original occupants became increasingly volatile over the following twenty years, culminating in the ‘Black War’ of the late 1820s.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:colonial history, australia, GIS, maps, landscape history
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Heritage not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Wegman, I (Dr Imogen Wegman)
ID Code:128813
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-10-16
Last Modified:2018-10-16

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