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George Augustus Robinson

(1788—1866) conciliator of the Tasmanian Aborigines

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Black War

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Fought between Aborigines and Europeans in Van Diemen's Land during the 1820s, led to the near destruction of the Tasmanian Aborigines. Despite the effective guerrilla-style attacks,...

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Cape Grim massacre

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Which involved the murder of at least 30 Aborigines, took place in the north-western corner of Tasmania in 1827 on pastoral land leased by the Van Diemen's Land Co. Two ...

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Cassandra Pybus

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Born Snug, Tasmania, and educated at the University of Sydney, is a sixth-generation Tasmanian. Editor of the quarterly magazine Island, she has also edited The Rest of the World is ...

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Diarists

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Have traditionally come from the middle and upper classes of society—those with the skills, desire, time, and materials to write. Both men and women write diaries, although the subjects on...

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history painting

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Regional and National History.

Painting in which the subject-matter is taken from classical, mythological, or biblical history. From the Renaissance to Neoclassicism this was regarded in academic circles as the highest...

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Mudrooroo

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1938– ),

part-Aboriginal Australian novelist, born in Beverley, Western Australia, and brought up in an orphanage. He spent several years from 1965 in India, part of the time as a...

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Sir George Arthur

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Australasian and Pacific History.

(1784–1854),

lieutenant-governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1824 to 1836, was an efficient, hard-working army officer and a zealous Evangelical. Under his control, the colony...

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Tasmania

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

(formerly Van Diemen's Land) a member state of the federal Commonwealth of Australia, has a population (2007) of 478,000. Hobart (population 206,000), established 1803, is the largest city...

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Truganini

Overview page. Subjects: Art — Australasian and Pacific History.

(?1812–76),

one of the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aborigines to live on the island, assisted George Augustus Robinson, who named her ‘Lallah Rookh’, in his missionary activities...

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