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  • Contested Places – Tasmania’s Northern Districts from Ancient Times to 1900 – Shayne Breen – Signed

    Contested Places – Tasmania’s Northern Districts from Ancient Times to 1900 – Shayne Breen – Signed

    A scarce book published in 2001, in limited numbers, by the University of Tasmania the author completed a Doctorate on which this work is based. Regarded as an innovative piece of historical research. Signed by the author.

    Octavo, soft cover, perfect bound, 226 pages, illustrated, a fine copy.

    Tasmania’s Northern Districts comprises the municipalities Deloraine, Westbury, Evandale and Longford a large agricultural area.

    Contested Places refers to the competing groups in the region up to 1900. Starting with the dispossession of the Aboriginal people. Then the conflicts between large landholders and landless labourers and tenant farmers. Specific issues relating to the eradication of pests are dealt with as well as the harder to grasp philosophy of social law and interactions between colonial society and the bush.

    A solid scholarly work for those interested in social contest and the impact of people in the natural environment in Tasmania.

    $60.00

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  • Tasmanian Aboriginal Place Names – N.J.B. Plomley

    Tasmanian Aboriginal Place Names – N.J.B. Plomley

    Published in the early 1990’s by the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, where Plomley was at the time an Honorary Research Assistant and the University of Tasmania. Described as their “Occasional Paper No 3”. Hard to find a copy.

    Printed internally on A4 sized paper, ninety-eight pages, staple bound, binder’s tape, orange heavy card covers, Cover image in red from rock carvings at Marrawah, Northwest Tasmania. Fine and clean.

    After a brief introduction there are ninety plus pages of Aboriginal place names. Many with possible alternative pronunciations, references and in some cases admissions that the location is not yet (then) known. A brief reverse index appears at the end for those that want to trace back English names to their former true name. Bibliography.

    A worthy task would be to revisit those locations where the “location” remains unresolved and well resolve them.

    Tasmanian Aboriginal place names – get used to them …

    $50.00

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  • The Tasmanian Tribes & Cicatrices as Tribal Indicators among the Tasmania Aborigines – N.J.B. Plomley

    The Tasmanian Tribes & Cicatrices as Tribal Indicators among the Tasmania Aborigines – N.J.B. Plomley

    Published in the early 1990’s by the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, where Plomley was at the time an Honorary Research Assistant and the University of Tasmania. Described as their “Occasional Paper No 5”. Hard to find a copy.

    Printed internally on A4 sized paper, seventy-one pages, staple bound, binder’s tape, yellow heavy card covers, Image of Alphonse the Tasmanian – Mannalargenna from an engraving by Napier. Fine and clean.

    The two subjects split evenly. The work on the tribes is excellent, based in part on the records of Robinson. Wrapped up as an appendix to this section is a listing of tribes [of which there are al least fifty-seven clearly identified] by their names and alternative names, location, and some worthy comments.

    Cicatrices on the bodies of Tasmanian Aboriginals were noticed by Marion de Frene in 1772 and the European explorer thereafter. However, no consideration was given to them being an indication of tribal connections. Here Plomley analyses the early literature and has the benefit of some amazing, detailed engravings of the period.

    Not tattoos, cicatrices are created by cutting the flesh with a sharp flint and rubbing charcoal into the wound creating raised scars

    Plomley his curiosity and depth of study has created a wealth of useful information.

    $50.00

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  • The Aboriginal / Settler Clash in Van Diemen’s Land 1803-1831 – N.J.B. Plomley

    The Aboriginal / Settler Clash in Van Diemen’s Land 1803-1831 – N.J.B. Plomley

    Published in 1992 by the Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, where Plomley was at the time an Honorary Research Assistant and the University of Tasmania. Described as their “Occasional Paper No 6”. Very hard to find a copy.

    Printed internally on what A4 sized paper, one hundred pages, staple bound, binder’s tape, cream heavy card covers, image to front on a conflict ex Bonwick. Fine and clean.

    The structure of the work is interesting, twenty-six pages of narrative, bibliography, tables of Aboriginal population, rather sad graphs of the decline and the level of incidents which peaked in 1830, numerous maps of Tasmania showing the location of clashes and a lengthy table of the nature of those clashed.

    Sobering history not to be ignored …

    $50.00

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  • Sydney Cove – Three Volumes Complete – John Cobley

    Sydney Cove – Three Volumes Complete – John Cobley

    Spanning Vol I – 1788; Vol II 1789-1790; Vol II 1792-1792.

    Volume I is a 1980 issue having been first published in 1962. Vol II is a 1963 First Edition and Vol III is a 1965 First Edition. All published by Angus and Robertson in uniform style.

    Octavo, 296 pages, 353 pages and 406 pages.

    So over a thousand pages about life at the first settlement of Sydney Cove. Written in diary form and compiled from a multitude of journals, diaries, letters, government documents and reports etc.

    No better reading for an understanding of what confronted the First Fleet arrivals, what they did, saw and endured. Meticulous work by John Cobley.

    Life at Sydney Cove 1788-1792 – A Daily Account from true sources.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $120.00

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  • Companion to Tasmanian History – Alison Alexander.

    Companion to Tasmanian History – Alison Alexander.

    A substantial book published by the Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies at the University of Tasmania in 2005. Presumably a small print run or limited dispersion as every hard to find.

    A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Thick quarto, 568 pages, illustrated and with end paper maps. A very heavy book that may require a postage supplement.

    Alison Alexander was the editor of this book the contents of which were written by a number of distinguished Tasmanian historians.

    The first 397 pages, after preliminaries is devoted to an A-Z of Tasmanian History the format making if a useful and wholesome reference guide. The reminder is made up of Thematic Articles by numerous specialists … Aboriginality; Britishness; Class; Convicts; Exile; Place; Shelter; Identity etc. It all ends with a good list of aboriginal place names and some less interesting elements to do with the legal system.

    All up a very useful all round Tasmanian History reference, up to date but rarely found.

    Weighty Tasmanian History by Our Top Historians.

    $80.00

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