Tag Archives: Lyndall Ryan

tasmania: soldiers that can’t shoot straight

The final solution down under in Tasmania…. …Sometimes they did see an aborigine- once they briefly glimpsed a party of forty. More often they mistook clumps of trees, or black swans, or the rustle of leaves, or kangaroos, for the … Continue reading

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tasmania: rationalizing the attitude

Tasmania. A final solution down under… …It did not take long for the white community to convince itself that the Europeans were the aggrieved party, threatened by savages who denied them the right to farm and graze their own properties … Continue reading

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tasmania: no paradise down under

…The colonization and subsequent final solution down under…. We hear of children kidnapped as pets or servants, of a woman chained up like an animal in a shepherd’s hut, of men castrated to keep them off their own women. In … Continue reading

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tasmania: establishing the slave society

…But when Europeans settled in Tasmania, the relationship soon changed. Almost at once the Tasmanians were defined as enemies, actual or potential. One summer day some eight months after the establishment of the camp at Risdon Cove, the convicts and … Continue reading

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tasmania: breaking the immemorial monotony

…Inevitably, this forceful community, gradually spreading from its seashore settlements, came into contact with the elusive aborigines of the forest. It was known from the start that they existed. When Dutch sailor Abel Tasman arrived off the southeast coast in … Continue reading

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tasmania: clouds from the past

Tasmania and the final solution down under…. “Our forbears,” a Tasmanian lady named Mrs. Charles Meredith wrote in 1852, “were British farmers and country gentlemen, not usually considered a desperately ferocious and blood-thirsty class.” The myth has since been assiduously … Continue reading

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tasmania: instinct with violence

Tasmania and the final solution down under… …in the model prison, the latest techniques of criminal reform were practiced, notably the silence system- a system so absolute that the warders wore felt slippers and the prisoners wore masks in church … Continue reading

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tasmania: terrible dignities

…Though Tasmania is a lovely island now, its landscapes serene and its pride disarmingly genteel, patches of harsh memory disfigure it. By the 1820’s there were European settlements at both ends of the island. A fine road ran from north … Continue reading

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Tasmania: seeding the fatal confrontation

…Once it was realized that Tasmania was an island, it acquired a peculiar usefulness to the Europeans- more specifically, to the British, the pacemakers of European progress then and the most irrepressible expansionists the world has known. When the war … Continue reading

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tasmanian tragedy: pushed off the edge of the world

…A touching sadness surrounds their presence, from our distance of time. They seem an insubstantial people. Polygamous by custom, they were affectionate by disposition, and merry- singing in a sweet Doric harmony and dancing strenuous, hilarious, and frequently lascivious animal … Continue reading

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