Van Diemen's Land

Van Diemen s Land Almost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen s Land There they found a land of bounty and a penal society a kangaroo economy and a new way of life In this book James Boyce sh

  • Title: Van Diemen's Land
  • Author: James Boyce
  • ISBN: 9781863954914
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Almost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen s Land There they found a land of bounty and a penal society, a kangaroo economy and a new way of life In this book, James Boyce shows how the convicts were changed by the natural world they encountered Escaping authority, they soon settled away from the towns, dressing in kangaroo skin and living offAlmost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen s Land There they found a land of bounty and a penal society, a kangaroo economy and a new way of life In this book, James Boyce shows how the convicts were changed by the natural world they encountered Escaping authority, they soon settled away from the towns, dressing in kangaroo skin and living off the land Behind the official attempt to create a Little England was another story of adaptation, in which the poor, the exiled and the criminal made a new home in a strange land This is their story, the story of Van Diemen s Land Praise Van Diemen s Land A brilliant book and a must read for anyone interested in how land shapes people Tim Flannery The most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore In re imagining Australia s past, it invents a new future Richard Flanagan Like the best history, Van Diemen s Land is not an art fully constructed narrative with the inevitably inadequate evidence banished to endnotes, but a dialogue between historian and reader as they explore the fragile sources, and the silences, together Inga Clendinnen The publication of Van Diemen s Land signals an entirely fresh approach to Australian history writing This is a brilliant publication Alan Atkinson A fresh and sparkling account Henry Reynolds

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    1. This is history as it should be written. Boyce can write, a trait that is not universal among historians. This is the best history of Tasmania I have read.

    2. ‘Tasmania was once known as Van Diemen’s Land.’And as Van Diemen’s Land, became the enforced home of 42% of the convicts transported to Australia. The island that became home to over 72,000 sentenced criminals had its own unique character, quite different from early New South Wales.‘The fact that protein-rich shellfish were there for the taking, that wallaby and kangaroo could be killed with nothing more than a hunting dog, and that abundant fresh water and a mild climate made travel b [...]

    3. On this island we have a Premier who would like his jurisdiction to be the food bowl of the nation, for it to regain the position it had, according to this fine historical tome, in the very first decades of the country's non-Aboriginal history. In Van Diemen's Land Boyce presents a somewhat alternate view to early Tasmanian history, one of a land benign and welcoming to all who came in those initial years, particularly if they aboded in the corridor between its southern and northern 'capitals'. [...]

    4. An interesting book on the early days of Van Diemen’s Land with admirable support of dates and figures. Though told through the records of the British the book is primarily about the plight of the aborigine after British arrival. The coverage finishes just after the inception of the horrifying Port Arthur penal facility, consequently that is mentioned in name only. The reader could be excused for thinking the early day convict of Van Diemen’s Land was probably better off than he was back in [...]

    5. This book is fabulous. It covers Tasmanian history from the arrival of sealers and whalers on the Bass Strait islands and the settlement of the Derwent Valley in 1803 to the colony's name changing from Van Diemen's Land to Tasmania in 1856. It's a history that's been told many times before, but Boyce's history is different. It's primarily environmental, discussing how the landscape and the abundant wildlife of Van Diemen's Land shaped the colony and ensured not only its survival but the health o [...]

    6. This is a wonderful insight into the early days of British settlement of Tasmania. The villans are the rich (and not so rich who lied) who stated their worth and received free land grants that were proportional to their wealth. The original inhabitants, the aborigines, got the short straw. The Government of the day was supposed to protect them, but turned a blind eye to the massacres (as that was what they were when guns were used against spears) - a totally disgusting scar on history. I wish th [...]

    7. In a word: devastating. I knew a little about the violence that accompanied aboriginal disinheritance in Tasmania but I had no idea of the scale of deceit and deception. The deliberate flaunting if British government policy by colonial governor Arthur and the self-serving conceit of Robinson - the protector of Aborigines - were completely unknown to me. It's a terrible history which should be better known. And I wonder how much unresolved fear, guilt and hatred still festers in the cultural inhe [...]

    8. A guide at Port Arthur in Dec 2016 told me that there were very few Aboriginal people who ever lived in Tasmania and they were now all 'extinct'. I bristled when he said it as my conversation with Indigenous people that week had suggested the opposite was true. This text had me bristling even further as the extent of the betrayals and genocide became further evident. This is a very accessible read and highlights part of the colonial story of Tasmania that was missed at Port Arthur and in my hist [...]

    9. This should be required reading for every Tasmanian, if not every Australian. It shatters many myths about early convict life and paints a vivid picture of the early years of the Tasmanian colony. What will really stay with me is the genocide of the Tasmanian aborignes, they definitely didn't teach us about this in school history. It's so important that all Australians know the truth about their story. I can't recall so much as a memorial to the Tasmanian aborigines, what an absolute disgrace.

    10. Excellent introduction to Tasmanian colonial history. I'm not very good at reading non-fiction for fun, but this one had me (almost) gripped. Very readable, although take your time - it is full of information you won't have come across before.

    11. a good read for anybody wanting to understand modern Tasmania - and the origins of the "straighteners" who deny and repress our society.

    12. Utter garbage, no sensible person can accept the utter garbage spruiked in this book about the black wars. Never even checked Regimental Diaries for first hand accounts.

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