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Wielangta Road bridges complete

31/07/2017

The replacement of four bridges on Wielangta Road is now complete, signaling a major step forward in the overall upgrade of the road.More

Celebrating World Ranger Day

31/07/2017

The Hodgman Liberal Government recognises the hard-working people working in Tasmania's national parks as part of World Ranger Day today.
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Hastings Cave temporary closure for maintenance

31/07/2017

Hastings Cave and Thermal Springs will be closed for one week for essential maintenance.More

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