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  • Maria Island Convicts – Brian Rieusset – Signed by Author

    Maria Island Convicts – Brian Rieusset – Signed by Author

    First edition signed self published by the author, Hobart 2007.

    Large format, softcover, perfect bound, 63 pages, illustrated.

    A thoroughly researched and well-presented work on the convict of Maris Island, Tasmania 1825-1832.

    The Register of Convicts which contains information on the 1 female and 346 male convicts is held at the Oxfordshire County Records Office in England. Not sure why it stays there of why the solitary female had to endure this rather peculiar imbalance.

    The illustrations are special … we love the one of the Bernacchi house where Louis Bernacchi of Antarctic fame was brought up. The appendices with full useful contents from the register are a historian’s delight.

    Maria Island Convicts – Great work by Rieusset

    $40.00

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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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  • The Convict Settlers of Australia – Robson

    The Convict Settlers of Australia – Robson

    A first edition of this respected book on the subject. Published by the Melbourne University Press in 1965. Octavo, 257 pages, numerous tables of data included as appendices.

    We are encouraged by the author to go through the tables in the appendices first before reading the book which is based up a statistical sample derived by way of the informative tables.

    The body of the book seeks to define what sort of people made up the mass of the convicts transported and what sort of life they led in Australia. Conclusions that cannot be drawn from google search.

    The Australian Convict population analysed and defined.

    $30.00

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  • To Hell or to Hobart – A New Insight into Irish Convict History – Patrick Howard

    To Hell or to Hobart – A New Insight into Irish Convict History – Patrick Howard

    Published by Kangaroo Press in 1994, a soft cover edition in fine condition. Octavo, 199 pages, illustrated throughout.

    The author the great grandson of Irish convicts Stephen Howard and Ellen Lydon who were transported to Van Diemen’s Land in 1843 and 1849 respectively. Stephen had stolen a gun from a landowner and Ellen and her family had been caught stealing a sheep during a time of high famine.

    This book is a joy. We first get the “’back history” the situation in Ireland both generally and specifically to Stephen and Ellen. The offences, the trial, the jails, the transportation. Time in Tasmania as convicts and their eventual release or ticket of leave. There striving to survive, success and the successes of subsequent generations …

    One Irish Convict family in depth but much deeper than that ..

    $25.00

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  • Life in Old Van Diemens Land  – Joan Goodrick

    Life in Old Van Diemens Land – Joan Goodrick

    A lively account of the first fifty years of VDL. From the early Governors to butchers, bakers and candlestick makers (literally). The health hazards of the town creek might put public safety in perspective.

    Published by Rigby in 1977, octavo, 220 pages, illustrated throughout. A very good copy

    Succinct readable Tasmanian history

    $25.00

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  • A History of Tasmania – Vol I – Van Diemen’s Land from the earliest Times to 1855 – Lloyd Robson

    A History of Tasmania – Vol I – Van Diemen’s Land from the earliest Times to 1855 – Lloyd Robson

    First edition 1983 published by the Oxford University Press, Melbourne. Thick royal octavo, 6312 pages, illustrated, end paper maps. A fine copy.

    The early part of what would become a two volume work by Robson. The author a historian of distinction educated at UTAS, University of London and ANU when appointed into the Department of History Melbourne was awarded a Nuffield Foundation Scholarship to write this history in the UK.

    Pointedly ahead of its time after the introductory “Reconnaissance” Robson titles the arrival of the first settlers and convicts … “Invasion”.

    As you would expect a solid history which undoubtedly draws on West, Giblin etc but with the advantages of modern research pre-Goggle.

    Solid comprehensive well written history of Tasmania to the end of Transportation and the beginning of self Government.

    $90.00

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