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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

British "Law"

According to the British, the settlement of Tasmania involved the takeover of unsettled land which the Aboriginals, as savages, had no claim to. The British believed that civilised people built structures and utilised the land, and that they were of the Christian faith.

Because the settlement was considered to involve land possessed by the British through discovery rather than conquest the Aboriginals automatically became British subjects. Had this also involved British citizenship then perhaps there would not have been such devastating impacts on the Aboriginals, however, from the onset they were not afforded any of the rights of British citizenship. As they were considered to be savages they had no rights to their land or land ownership - any attempts they made to defend what for centuries had been theirs was considered criminal in intent under British law. 

In one instance two Aboriginals were hung for the murders of around 5 settlers. Whilst there was no question of their guilt it is interesting to note that during the trial they were unable to give evidence to protect themselves or plead for a lesser sentence because they were not Christian.

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