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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: 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: 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: 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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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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final solution down under

The final solution down under. ” I regret the death of the last of the Tasmanian aborigines,” wrote one of the pious mourners when the race had finally become extinct,”but I know that it is the result of the fiat … Continue reading

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