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tasmania: aborgines down and under

The final solution down under in Tasmania drew to its grim conclusion. All that was left was some bleached bones of a vanished people… Truganini was the very last. Her life had spanned to the year the association between Europeans … Continue reading

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tasmania: the last of the last

The final solution down under and the extinction of Tasmania’s aborigines…. The last male aborigine was an alcoholic whaling man, “King Billy” Lanney, who became a public spectacle in his later years, was shown off at government functions, photographed by … Continue reading

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tasmania: dismal endings without new beginnings

…Now the end was near for the Tasmanian race. The forty-four survivors- twelve men, twenty-two women, ten young people – were taken to an unused penal settlement at Oyster Cove, twenty five miles from Hobart and only fifteen miles from … Continue reading

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tasmania: arriving at divine satisfaction

George Augustus Robinson had the aborigines of Tasmania transferred to Flinders Island, where doomed and dispirited they met their demise… …Robinson also inculcated in his wards, dependent for the past few millenniums entirely on hunting and scavenging, a more suitable … Continue reading

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tasmania: they died by the dozens

Transferring the Tasmanians to Flinders Island, restricting their movement, and dousing them with grim, Dickens era Christianity … …Some two hundred Tasmanians were sent to Wybalenna, and there, slowly, far away and out of sight, forgotten by the settlers, guarded … Continue reading

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tasmania: presiding over the decay

The final solution down under. Tasmania. And the man who was supposed to save them, may have contributed to their extinction… Flinders Island, to northern tastes, is said to hold great beauty: windswept silence, bare central hills, thick and aromatic … Continue reading

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tasmania: leave it to george the pied piper

The final solution down under in Tasmania…. George Augustus Robinson. The type who would run a reformatory for reclaimed London hookers out of Dickens’ Hard Times. He was tireless, humorless and untiring. Also uneducated, dogmatic and his bent was to … Continue reading

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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: best laid plans…

The final solution down under in Tasmania…. …It was perhaps the most farcical campaign in the history of British imperial arms. The plan called for a steady advance on a front that would begin by being 120 miles long, but … Continue reading

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tasmania: end of the locals

The final solution down under in Tasmania… …Macquarie House bustled with activity. Colonel George Arthur, the governor, himself assumed command of the operation and planned the cordon- “the Black Line”- on the most orthodox military principles. He had fought in … Continue reading

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