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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

Wybalenna

Plan of Wybalenna - click to expand
Wybalenna, meaning Black Man’s House, was the name of an Aboriginal mission established on Flinders Island in 1833. Around 300 Aboriginals were  ‘delivered’ there during its time as a mission.

The site was poorly chosen; being exposed to the weather, having a poor, limited supply of water and land barely suitable for cultivation. Supplies were not delivered often enough, nor were the rations provided sufficient. The Aboriginals relied on the supply of provisions from the sealers and the sourcing of traditional foods on Flinders Island and the other outposts.

The conditions, rations, displacement and illnesses all had a devastating effect on the Aboriginals at the mission. During the time of operation of Wybalenna many Aboriginals succumbed to illness and despair and were buried at the mission site, both in marked and unmarked graves. In 1847 when the mission closed only 47 Aboriginals were still alive but they were all suffering from some degree of pulmonary disease. 

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