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Competition and Conflict of the forgotten Frontier: Western Van Diemen's Land 1822-33


Maxwell-Stewart, HJ, Competition and Conflict of the forgotten Frontier: Western Van Diemen's Land 1822-33, History Australia: Journal of the Australian Historical Association, 6, (3) pp. 66.1-20. ISSN 1449-0854 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2104/ha090066


This article explores the impact of Macquarie Harbour penal station on the Aboriginal population of Western Van Diemen’s Land in the period 1822–33. It questions some of the assumptions that have been made in the recent literature about the level of contact between Europeans and Aboriginal bands along this coast prior to George Augustus Robinson’s ‘friendly mission’ of 1830–34. In particular it disputes the claim that the relatively low numbers of people encountered by Robinson were indicative of pre-contact population levels and surveys the factors that led to increasing levels of violence.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
UTAS Author:Maxwell-Stewart, HJ (Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
ID Code:60492
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2010-02-09
Last Modified:2010-04-14

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