Disputed Country – Contact and Conflict on the Derwent’s Eastern Shore
In 1830, at an enquiry into the open war then raging with the Aboriginal People of Tasmania, an attempt was made to discern the origins of the conflict. Three main theories were put forward:
1 “They were implacably opposed to us” ever since the killings at Risdon in 1804.
2 It was all the fault of dreadful behaviour on the part of the convicts in the bush.
3 We were taking their land and resources – they were merely defending their country.
This talk will examine these ideas with particular reference to the Eastern Shore of the Derwent – where most of the early conflict took place.