Land Settlement in Early Tasmania: Creating an Antipodean England

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Although this book concentrates on land settlement in Tasmania, such a focus encompasses a wide range of historical themes relevant to Australia's colonial history and prompts comparisons with other ex-colonial countries and frontier societies. Land status determined many other factors, so Land Settlement in Early Tasmania is able to investigate how white settlement affected the native Tasmanians and how they retaliated, as well as the early history of land alienation and environmental degradation in Van Dieman's Land, the island's social relations and the growth of primary industry from 1803-1830. Moreover, the book illustrates the way in which the early settlers often quite farcically attempted to recreate the English world that they left behind.
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"The scarcity of political sociology gives this volume of social history, despite its fashionable division of themes, a more traditional feel. Nevertheless, with its basis in considerable archival research,, this is an interesting and worthwhile study." Rural Sociology

"Morgan merits congratulations for bringing her subject within the range of current historiographical concerns." The International History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521390316
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Series: Studies in Australian History
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 The alienation of land and spread of settlement 5
2 Ambitious, avaricious men: an examination of land grantees, 1804-1823 25
3 'A very comfortable situation': a social history of land settlement 43
4 The 'best kind of property': farmers and livestock in early Van Diemen's Land 57
5 Agriculture 75
6 A 'luscious abundance': colonial gardens and gardening 91
7 'If it moves, shoot it': the impact of European settlement on the environment 109
8 Farming in a convict colony: the problems of the bush 127
9 A 'sadistic frenzy': European-Aboriginal contact 143
Conclusion: Van Diemen's Land in the history of European imperialism 161
App. 1 Extent and number of grants made in each year, 1804-1823 165
App. 2 Chief Executives of Van Diemen's Land, 1803-1830 170
App. 3 Governors of New South Wales, 1803-1830 170
Abbreviations 171
Notes 172
Select Bibliography 198
Index 207
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