Tasmanian Aborigines

A history since 1803

Lyndall Ryan
AUD $35.00

The story of the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, from the arrival of the first whites to the present. While it contains much that is tragic, it is also a story of resilience and survival in the face of great odds.

'Lyndall Ryan's new account of the extraordinary and dramatic story of the Tasmanian Aborigines is told with passion and eloquence. It is a book that will inform and move anyone with an interest in Australian history.' - Professor Henry Reynolds, University of Tasmania

'A powerful and insightful historical account about a unique island and its First peoples, their dispossession and their struggle for survival and cultural birth right/heritage that reaches from the deep past to the present day.' - Patsy Cameron, Tasmanian Aboriginal author, cultural geographer and cultural practitioner

Tasmanian Aborigines were driven off their land so white settlers could produce fine wool for the English textile mills. By the time Truganini died in 1876, they were considered to be extinct. Yet like so many other claims about them, this was wrong.

Far from disappearing, the Tasmanian Aborigines actively resisted settler colonialism from the outset and have consistently campaigned for their rights and recognition as a distinct people through to the present.

Lyndall Ryan tells the story of the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, from before the arrival of the first whites to current political agendas. Tasmania has been the cradle of race relations in Australia, and their struggle for a place in their own country offers insights into the experiences of Aboriginal people nation-wide.

Author bio:

Lyndall Ryan is Honorary Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781742370682
Awards: Short-listed, Ernest Scott Prize, 2013
Table Of Contents: Acknowledgements

List of illustrations

List of maps


Part I Invasion: 1803-26

1. Trouwunna

2. Wrageowrapper, 1803-07

3. Creole society, 1808-20

4. Pastoral invasion, 1817-26

Part II War: 1826-31

5. Arthur's war, 1826-28

6. Martial law, 1828-30

7. The settlers regroup, 1830

8. The Black Line, 1830-31

9. The reckoning

Part III Surrender: 1829-34

10. Robinson and the Nuenonne on Bruny Island, 1829

11. Mission to the western nations, 1830

12. Surrender in the Settled Districts, 1830-31

13. Western nations: forced removal, 1832-34

Part IV Incarceration: 1835-1905

14. Wybalenna, 1835-39

15. Wybalenna, 1839-47

16. Oyster Cove, 1847-1905

Part V Survival: 1840-1973

17. The Islanders, 1840-1902

18. Resisting protection and assimilation, 1908-73

Part VI Resurgence: 1973-2010

19. Reclaiming rights and identity, 1973-92

20. Breakthrough, 1992-95

21. 'Unfinished business', 1996-2010




Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: May 2012
Page Extent: 448
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Australasian & Pacific history

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