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March 19, 2016

Mountain Men by Simon Cubit & Nic Haygarth

A friend loaned me his copy of this book when he heard I was reading histories of this part of the world. Having read it, I’ll now be going out to buy my own copy, then chasing up the authors to sit and have a chat with them. The book was researched effectively, well written and the subject matter fascinating.  read more …

November 27, 2015

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 …