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The History of Tasmania

The History of Tasmania
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108030816

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  • John West (1809–1873) was an English-born minister who received a Colonial Missionary Society post in Tasmania in 1838. West became an outspoken opponent of the ongoing government policy of transporting convicts from Britain to Tasmania. Around 1847 a wealthy supporter approached West to write the colony's history, although it had been a British territory only since 1803. West accepted the task and, amid his campaigning and other responsibilities, completed this two-volume work which was published in 1852. It is divided between a straightforward narrative of events and thematic issues such as the treatment of the Aboriginal peoples and the issue of the convict transport system.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108030816
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.04kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Part I. Discovery:
    1. Anthony Van Diemen, governor of Batavia
    2. Colonel Purry's project
    Part II. From 1803 go 1824:
    1. Van Diemen's Land occupied
    2. Hobart Town named
    3. Lieutenant E. Lord acting lieutenant-governor
    4. Form of colonial government
    5. Lieutenant-Governor Sorrell
    6. Sheep introduced
    7. Whaling
    8. Religious efforts
    9. Bill for better administration of justice
    Part III. From 1824 to 1836:
    1. Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur, superintendent at Honduras
    2. Rise of the Australian press
    3. Van Diemen's Land Company formed
    4. State of society at Hobart
    5. Dispute between Jennings and Montagu
    6. Grammar school
    7. Bank of Van Diemen's Land
    8. Liabilities of publicans
    9. Endowment of emigrants with land
    10. Van Diemen's Land divided into counties
    11. Brisbane grants
    12. Wakefield's colonization scheme
    13. Bank of Australasia
    14. Glorious 23rd of May!
    15. Mr. W. Bryan's disagreement with Arthur
    16. 'True Colonist'
    17. Recall of Arthur
    Part IV. From 1836 to 1843:
    1. Snodgrass acting-governor
    2. Difficulties respecting the churches
    3. Education
    4. Distillation forbidden
    5. Franklin arranges probation system
    Part V. From 1843 to 1847:
    1. Sir William Denison meets the twelve
    2. Struggle against transportation
    3. London agency
    4. Lord J. Russell's speech
    5. The 'Australias are One'
    1. Mammalia
    2. Birds
    3. Fishes
    4. Reptiles
    5. Insects
    6. Mollusca. Volume 2: Part I. The Aborigines:
    1. Tasman's account of the natives
    2. Conflict at Risdon
    3. Causes of conflict
    4. Proclamation against them
    5. Murders committed by natives
    6. Conciliation
    7. Mr. Robinson's efforts
    8. Disposal of the natives
    9. Rapid extinction
    10. Origin of the natives
    Part II. Transportation:
    1. Exile
    2. State of English gaols
    3. Bentham's project
    4. Voyage
    5. Early difficulties of convict management
    6. Origin of bushranging
    7. Habits of convict population
    8. The colonies re-act on each other
    9. Bigge's recommendations
    10. Land granted to settlers employing convicts
    11. Assignment established in America
    12. Escapes from Macquarie Harbor
    13. Macquarie Harbor
    14. Escape of prisoners
    15. Arthur's principles of penal government
    16. Disposal of mechanics and specials
    17. Views of ministers
    18. Convict system of New South Wales
    19. Franklin's appointment
    20. Remarks on Machonochie's system
    21. Sir Wm. Molesworth's committee
    22. Lord John Russell's plan
    23. Lord Stanley's probation system
    24. System in Van Diemen's Land
    25. Treatment of female prisoners
    26. Lord Stanley's directions for the disposal of women
    27. Views of transportation
    Alphabetical account of the chief places in Tasmania.

  • Author

    John West

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