Van Diemen s Land History Exploration The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to land on the shores of Tasmania in Landing at Blackman Bay and later having the Dutch flag flown at North Bay, Tasman named the island Anthoonij van Diemenslandt, in honour of Anthony van Diemen, the Governor General of the Dutch East Indies, who had sent Tasman on his voyage of discovery. Van Diemen s Land University of Tasmania Van Diemen s Land Up stream Upper Nile Bridge by John Glover, ALMFA, SLT Tasmania s cultural history was pre determined for than a century by its colonial origins and, in particular, by the whole emotive package conjured up by its former name, Van Diemen s Land. Van Diemen s Land island colony, Tasmania, Australia Van Diemen s Land, , the southeastern Australian island colony that became the commonwealth state of Tasmania.Named for Anthony van Diemen, governor general of the Dutch East Indies, the island was discovered and named in by Abel J Tasman, a celebrated navigator under Van Diemen s command.The first British settlers in the early th century retained the name. Tasmania Toponymy The state is named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who made the first reported European sighting of the island on November .Tasman named the island Anthony van Diemen s Land after his sponsor Anthony van Diemen, the Governor of the Dutch East Indies.The name was later shortened to Van Diemen s Land by the British It was officially renamed Tasmania in honour of its first TASMANIAN CONVICTS Van Diemen s Land Tasmania Convicts arrived in Van Diemen s Land, with Lieutenant Bowen in , to establish a settlement in the colony Penal settlements were constructed by convict labour at Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour in , at Maria Island in , and Port Arthur in The convicts to arrive at Sarah Island were harshly treated and worked in atrocious conditions to supply timber, firstly for tasmanian land war Indigenous Australia Land Invasion The Land War During the s white settlers poured into what was then known as Van Diemen s Land, bringing vast numbers of sheep and rapidly taking up the land. Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales. Geographical Memoirs on New South Wales, edited by Barron Field. Tasmanien Tasmanien englisch Tasmania, in der rekonstruierten Aborigines Sprache Palawa Kani Lutriwita und in australisch englisch hufig Tassie bis Van Diemens Land ist eine zum Staat Australien gehrende Insel am stlichen Rand des Indischen Ozeans, die sich ungefhr km sdlich des australischen Festlands befindet Der Begriff steht auerdem fr den gleichnamigen australischen Home fromtheshadows , convict women, together with than , of their free children, arrived in Van Diemen s Land from to On arrival, the women were sent to the Cascades Female Factory or a similar institution, and their children were taken from them and sent to Convicts To Australia Censuses and Musters This list of censuses and musters was prepared by Graham Lewis and may not be reproduced without his permission We are grateful to Graham for allowing us to include it on this web site.