REVIEW of The Friendly Mission: the Tasmanian Journals and Papers of George Augustus Robinson, 1829-1834
This is a massive work. Reading about Plomley’s process of editing GAR’s notes and papers, it is clear it was a complex, lengthy and sometimes frustrating task. The result is what appears to be a definitive work. GAR’s legacy is worthy of the highest scholarly endeavour.
Robinson was tasked by the governor of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) with employing conciliation to resolve the white-black conflict. It was an unpopular approach among the settlers who saw only two solutions: extermination or removal. With tragic irony, the outcome of Robinson’s friendly mission very nearly achieved both. read more …