New PDF release: 'Me Write Myself': The Free Aboriginal Inhabitants of Van

By Leonie Stevens

Exiles, misplaced souls, remnants of a loss of life race. The destiny of the 1st international locations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is among the so much notorious chapters in Australian, and global, background. the boys, girls, and youngsters exiled to Flinders Island within the 1830s and 40s have usually been written approximately, yet by no means allowed to talk for themselves. This publication goals to alter that.

Penned through the exiles in the course of their fifteen years on the cost referred to as Wybalenna, goods within the Flinders Island Chronicle, sermons, letters, and petitions supply a compelling corrective to conventional portrayals of a hopeless, dispossessed, illiterate people's ultimate days. The exiles didn't see themselves as prisoners, yet as a unfastened humans. noticeable via their very own writing, the group at Wybalenna was once bright, advanced, and evolving. instead of a depressed humans easily looking forward to loss of life, their very own phrases display a politically astute neighborhood engaged in a 15 yr crusade for his or her personal freedom: one that used to be eventually profitable.

This is a compelling tale that might profoundly have an effect on understandings of Tasmanian and Australian history.

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