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Encounter Maria Island

20/10/2017

Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan

19/10/2017

An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape

16/10/2017

Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Aboriginal Heritage

Mortality

With the settlement of Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land) in 1803 - and potentially even before that during the interactions between Aboriginals and explorers – came many problems. The introduction of diseases to which the Aboriginals had no prior exposure – and therefore no immunity – caused high numbers of Aboriginals to die. Influenza and tuberculosis were devastating to the Aboriginal tribes, with unrecorded numbers killed as a result of contracting these diseases.

The slow takeover of prime hunting grounds by the settlement, the competition for traditional foods, and deadly attacks both between tribes and settlers and inter-tribal wars, all lead to many deaths. In 1803 the Aboriginal population was estimated at between 4000 and 7000. By 1847 there remained only the 47 Aboriginals who had been held at Wybalenna, and around 20 tribal Aboriginal women who lived in the Bass Strait Islands.

For more information in relation to Aboriginal heritage within Tasmania see the Aboriginal Heritage Tasmania website: www.aboriginalheritage.tas.gov.au