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The History of Tasmania

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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 ...

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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. In Volume 2, the first ten sections discuss the early encounters with Europeans and the subsequent mistreatment of the native people in Tasmania. The remainder of the volume considers the island's development as a penal colony.

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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; Conclusion; Alphabetical account of the chief places in Tasmania.

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