Van Diemen's Land

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Black Inc., Jun 15, 2010 - History - 400 pages
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"The most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore. In re-imagining Australia's past, it invents a new future."—Richard Flanagan

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 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.
 

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Contents

Van Diemonian SeaWolves
15
How Shall We Sing the Lords Song in a Strange Land?
36
A Kangaroo Economy
45
The Making of Van Diemens Land 180823
61
Van Diemens Land Conquered 182438
143
Van Diemens Land or Tasmania? 183956
211
Conclusion
251
ChiefExecntives of Van Diemens Land 180361
319
References
358
Index
370
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About the author (2010)

James Boyce is the author of 1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia and Van Diemen’s Land. Van Diemen’s Land won the 2009 Tasmania Book Prize and the 2008 Colin Roderick Award.

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