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Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero


Reynolds, H and Clements, N, Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero, NewSouth Publishing, Australia, pp. 288. ISBN 9781742236384 (2021) [Authored Research Book]

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During Tasmania’s gruesome Black War of 1823-31, Tongerlongeter led the most effective Aboriginal resistance campaign in Australian history. His Oyster Bay Nation of southeast Tasmania and his ally Montpelliatta’s Big River Nation of central Tasmania embarked on 710 attacks, killing 182 colonists and wounding a further 176. First Nations casualties were up to three times greater and their population plummeted. Militarily it was a lost cause, yet in their dogged defence of Country, culture and each other, these artful warriors plunged the fledgling colony into a full blown crisis.

Tongerlongeter was the lynch pin that held his people together in the face of apocalyptic invasion. But while his achievements rival those of any Victoria Cross recipient, he is buried in an unmarked grave on Flinders Island. In Tongerlongeter, acclaimed historians Henry Reynolds and Nicholas Clements retrieve one of Australia’s greatest war heroes from historical obscurity.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Black War, frontier resistance, Tongerlongeter, Kickertopoller, First Nations, war hero
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:History of empires, imperialism and colonialism
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:Reynolds, H (Professor Henry Reynolds)
UTAS Author:Clements, N (Dr Nicholas Clements)
ID Code:144437
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2021-05-25
Last Modified:2022-02-23

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