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Godfather of Tasmania: Commemorating Abel Tasman 1838-2012


Petrow, S, Godfather of Tasmania: Commemorating Abel Tasman 1838-2012, Journal of Australian Studies, 38, (2) pp. 157-174. ISSN 1444-3058 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor and Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14443058.2014.890636


Diemenís Land. His name has become embedded in Tasmanian history and, with very little opposition, has been widely commemorated with anniversary celebrations, monuments, and, above all, the naming of Tasmania. Although some historians have suggested that Tasmanís exploits were modest, before 1945 he received more attention than other Australian explorers because he was free of any connections with convicts or Aborigines, because of the Tasmanian love of the sea, and because of the dearth of heroes in Tasmanian history. After 1945 Tasmania received a number of Dutch migrants who used Tasmanís name to maintain links with their homeland and develop a Dutch-Australian identity. The presence of Dutch migrants renewed Tasmanian enthusiasm for commemorating Tasman and exploiting trade, tourism, and cultural connections with the Netherlands. This article examines the form, function, and actors attached to Tasmanís commemoration from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:commemoration; Abel Tasman; Tasmania; Dutch connections
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Petrow, S (Professor Stefan Petrow)
ID Code:91855
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-06-02
Last Modified:2017-12-14

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