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100 years on, Old Pelion Hut retains its charm

19/09/2017

One of Tasmania's favourite historic mountain huts, Old Pelion Hut in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, is celebrating its centenary this year.More

Future-proofing our tourism icons

18/09/2017

Environment and Parks Minister Matthew Groom has announced that $8 million will be allocated to upgrade vital infrastructure in our parks and reserves over the next two years.More

Tenders advertised for Freycinet Master Plan

28/08/2017

Freycinet is one of the absolute jewels in Tasmania's crown, with locals and visitors flocking to the area in droves to experience one of the world's most stunning areas.
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Aboriginal Heritage

Martial Law

The equity of justice suggested by this 1830s pictogram was rarely achieved
Martial law was declared in 1828 by Lieutenant Governor Arthur. The declaration meant that military personnel were able to arrest Aboriginals without a warrant or shoot them on sight. Martial law applied to the settled areas, which was the area between Hobart and Launceston.

There were six roving parties established to hunt the Aboriginals from the settled districts. Each party was assigned to a different location to provide the best overall coverage for the settlement. Between 1828 and 1830 the roving parties had captured 20 Aboriginals and killed a further 60 - possibly more.

Martial law was revoked in 1832. During its four years of operation over 89 deaths of British/Europeans are attributed to Aboriginals, with many more injured. Of the 200+ Aboriginals who had been recorded in and around the settled district in 1828, only 50 remained.

For more information in relation to Aboriginal heritage within Tasmania see the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website: www.aboriginalheritage.tas.gov.au