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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

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