'Tasmanian Aborigines were driven off their land so white settlers could produce fine wool for the English textile mills. By the time Truganini died in 1876, they were considered to be extinct. Yet like so many other claims about them, this was wrong.'
'Far from disappearing, the Tasmanian Aborigines actively resisted settler colonialism from the outset and have consistently campaigned for their rights and recognition as a distinct people through to the present.'
'The author tells the story of the Aboriginal people of Tasmania, from before the arrival of the first whites to current political agendas. Tasmania has been the cradle of race relations in Australia, and their struggle for a place in their own country offers insights into the experiences of Aboriginal people nation-wide.' (Source: Publishers website)
This work includes chapters:
Part. I. Invasion: 1803-26.
2. Wragewrapper, 1803-07
3. Creole society, 1808-20
4. Pastoral invasion, 1817-26
Part t. II. War: 1826-31.
5. Arthur's war, 1826-28
6. Martial law, 1828-30
7. The settlers regroup, 1830-31
8. The black line
9. The reckoning
Part. III. Surrender: 1829-34.
10. Robinson and the Nuenonne on Bruny Island, 1829
11. Mission to the western nations, 1830
12. Surrender in the settled districts, 1830-31
13. Western nations: forced removal, 1832-34
Part t. IV. Incarceration: 1835-1905.
14. Wybalenna, 1855-39
15. Wybaleena, 1938-47
16. Oyster Cove, 1847-1905
Part. V. Survival: 1840-1973.
17. The islanders, 1940-1902
18. Resisting protection and assimilation, 1908-73
Part. VI. Resurgence: 1973-2010.
19. Reclaiming rights and identity, 1973-92
20. Breakthrough, 1992-95
21. 'Unfinished business', 1996-2010.