A Geographical, Historical, and Topographical Description of Van Diemen's Land: With Important Hints to Emigrants, and Useful Information Respecting the Application for Grants of Land

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J. Souter, 1822 - Geography - 140 pages
p.11-25; Description of appearance of original population; relationships with colonists and sealers; native women; Brief notes on foods, tatooing, rafts, weapons, canoes; Quotes early writers.

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Page 5 - In their way up, a human voice saluted them from the hills ; on which they landed, carrying with them one of several swans which they had just shot. Having nearly reached the summit, two females, with a short covering hanging loose from their shoulders, suddenly appeared at some little distance before them ; but, snatching up each a small basket, these scampered off. A man then presented himself, and suffered them to approach him without any signs of fear or distrust. He received the swan joyously,...
Page 111 - ... 12. From this interesting excursion, his Excellency returned to Hobart Town on the 22d ultimo ; and it now chiefly remains for him to express the high feelings of gratification which he experienced throughout every part of his tour, arising from the happy situation of the people, the fertility of the soil, and the beauty of the country at large ; all aided by the wise, judicious, and successful exertions of his, honour...
Page 7 - ... have met. A circumstance which corroborated this supposition was, that in the excursions made by Mr. Bass into the country, having seldom any other society than his two dogs, he would have been no great object of dread to a people ignorant of the effects of fire-arms, and would certainly have been hailed by any one who might have seen him.
Page 111 - Sorell, who appears to be indefatigable in projecting, and carrying into effect, all those measures, which, by being persevered in, must raise Van Diemen's Land, at no very distant day, to the proud distinction of being one of the most valuable colonies belonging to the Crown. The recent influx of several respectable free settlers, with considerable property, will not fail, under the auspices of...
Page 80 - George Town is not only beautiful, but also admirably adapted for all the purposes of trade, being situated on the banks of a river navigable for ships of large burden, and but a short way removed from the sea in Bass's Straits ; and has the advantage of a plentiful supply of fresh water from springs in its immediate neighbourhood.
Page 6 - His face was blackened, and the top of his head was plastered with red earth. His hair was either naturally short and close, or had been rendered so by burning, and although short and stiffly curled they did not think it woolly. He was armed with two spears, very ill-made, of solid wood.
Page 6 - He was a short slight man, of a middle age, with a countenance more expressive of benignity and intelligence, than of that ferocity or stupidity which generally characterized the other natives ; and his features were less flattened, or negrolike, than theirs.
Page 7 - ... part of their food from the woods ; the bones of small animals, such as opossums, squirrels, kangaroo-rats, and bandicoots, were numerous round their deserted fire-places ; and the two spears which they saw in the hands of the man were similar to those used for hunting in other parts. No canoes were ever seen, nor any trees so barked as to answer that purpose.
Page 61 - ... it then consisted, being now converted into regular substantial buildings, and the whole laid out in regular streets ; several of the houses being two stories high, spacious, and not deficient in architectural taste. The principal public buildings which have been erected are — a government house, a handsome church, a commodious military barrack, a strong gaol, a well-constructed hospital, and a roomy barrack for convicts, which latter is now nearly completed. The governor had the curiosity...
Page 13 - This deep rooted enmity, however, did not arise so much from the ferocious nature of these savages, as from the inconsiderate and unpardonable conduct of our countrymen shortly after the foundation of the settlement on the river Derwent. At first the natives evinced the most friendly disposition towards the...

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