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Water wise: How rivers shaped a colony


Wegman, I, Water wise: How rivers shaped a colony, Tasmanian Historical Research Association. Papers and Proceedings, 65, (3) pp. 45-60. ISSN 0039-9809 (2018) [Non Refereed Article]

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For the Europeans at Risdon Cove, 16 October 1803 looked like a normal day for their fledgling camp. Normal, of course, being a relative term here. The site was probably bustling, as the newcomers set about making their presence permanent on the edge of the River Derwent. Without fanfare, the 29-year-old Irishman James Meehan departed from the camp. His task was to survey the land around the River Derwent for ten to twelve miles (about 18 km) from the camp. He was looking for land with rich soils and river access, that could be farmed easily for useful timbers and other resources. He noted down lands that would not be productive, while measuring distances, and marking trees for future reference. His discoveries would guide the earliest European forays into farming along the River Derwent, as both free and convict settlers received their land grants.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:Van Diemen's Land, land grants, mapping, history, rivers
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:Wegman, I (Dr Imogen Wegman)
ID Code:130363
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-01-22
Last Modified:2019-01-23

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