'Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van by Leonie Stevens

By Leonie Stevens

Exiles, misplaced souls, remnants of a demise race. The destiny of the 1st international locations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is among the so much notorious chapters in Australian, and global, historical past. the boys, girls, and youngsters exiled to Flinders Island within the 1830s and 40s have usually been written approximately, yet by no means allowed to talk for themselves. This publication goals to alter that.

Penned by means of the exiles in the course of their fifteen years on the cost referred to as Wybalenna, goods within the Flinders Island Chronicle, sermons, letters, and petitions provide a compelling corrective to standard portrayals of a hopeless, dispossessed, illiterate people's ultimate days. The exiles didn't see themselves as prisoners, yet as a unfastened humans. visible via their very own writing, the neighborhood at Wybalenna was once bright, advanced, and evolving. instead of a depressed humans easily watching for dying, their very own phrases demonstrate a politically astute neighborhood engaged in a 15 12 months crusade for his or her personal freedom: one that was once eventually profitable.

This is a compelling tale that might profoundly have an effect on understandings of Tasmanian and Australian history.

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