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By Leonie Stevens

Exiles, misplaced souls, remnants of a demise race. The destiny of the 1st international locations peoples of Van Diemen's Land is among the such a lot notorious chapters in Australian, and international, background. the lads, girls, and youngsters exiled to Flinders Island within the 1830s and 40s have frequently been written approximately, yet by no means allowed to talk for themselves. This e-book goals to alter that.

Penned through the exiles in the course of their fifteen years on the cost known as Wybalenna, goods within the Flinders Island Chronicle, sermons, letters, and petitions supply a compelling corrective to conventional portrayals of a hopeless, dispossessed, illiterate people's ultimate days. The exiles didn't see themselves as prisoners, yet as a unfastened humans. visible via their very own writing, the neighborhood at Wybalenna was once shiny, advanced, and evolving. instead of a depressed humans easily looking ahead to demise, their very own phrases show a politically astute group engaged in a 15 yr crusade for his or her personal freedom: one that used to be finally winning.

This is a compelling tale that may profoundly impact understandings of Tasmanian and Australian history.

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