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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

Mortality

With the settlement of Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) in 1803 - and potentially even before that during the interactions between Aboriginals and explorers – came many problems. The introduction of diseases to which the Aboriginals had no prior exposure – and therefore no immunity – caused high numbers of Aboriginals to die. Influenza and tuberculosis were devastating to the Aboriginal tribes, with unrecorded numbers killed as a result of contracting these diseases.

The slow takeover of prime hunting grounds by the settlement, the competition for traditional foods, and deadly attacks both between tribes and settlers and inter-tribal wars, all lead to many deaths. In 1803 the Aboriginal population was estimated at between 4000 and 7000. By 1847 there remained only the 47 Aboriginals who had been held at Wybalenna, and around 20 tribal Aboriginal women who lived in the Bass Strait Islands.

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