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Daily Life and Origin of the Tasmanians

Excerpt from Daily Life and Origin of the Tasmanians Is a re-issue of the present work a few observations may be allowed. Since the publication of the "Last of the Tasmanians" and the "Daily Life" of that people, much interest has continued to be drawn to them. They have attracted the attention of such writers as Quatrefages, Topinhard, Hamy, Buckner, Lubbock, Darwin, Tylor, Huxley and others. But the materials for a knowledge of this remarkable race were too few and uncertain to form definite understanding, except from reference to their supposed kindred, the Australians. The Author began his search for information in 1842, consulting those who had known them in their early wanderings, or on their Flinders Island prison. He first made an acquaintance with some natives in 1841, and was with the last gathering of the poor souls some twenty years after. The prejudices of party strife could not fail to colour stories of the Black War of Van Diemen's Land. The long continuance of that war, the dispersion of the unhappy Dark-Skins, the sufferings of women and the destruction of children, all tended to the breakup of the Tribes, the blending of old dialects, the confusion of ideas from intercourse with Whites. As the "Last of the Tasmanians" has been long out of print, a few remarks as to the history of the departed may not be here out of place. Tasman, the Dutch navigator, discovered and named in 1642 the Island of Van Diemen's Land, but he never caught sight of the Tasmanians, though hearing their voices in the dense forest. Our earliest intelligence of them is gained from the voyages of Cook, Furneaux, D'Entrecasteaux, Baudin, Flinders and Bass. A small English party from Sydney in 1803 formed a post on the Derwent River. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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