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Treaty making in Van Diemen's Land

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Higgins, KM (2005) Treaty making in Van Diemen's Land. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to analyse the Aboriginal crisis in Van Diemen's Land
with a view to establishing what effective efforts were made in the late 1820s
and early 1830s towards realising a treaty between the colonial administration
and the Aboriginal tribes of Van Diemens Land. The idea is not a new one. In
1995 Professor Henry Reynolds' published Fate of a Free People in which he
argues that for a number of prominent Aboriginal leaders, at least, a de facto
peace treaty was negotiated with the Colonial Government. Reynolds focuses
primarily on roles played by the Aborigines in bringing their people in and their
interpretation of how the crisis was concluded. This thesis does not challenge
Reynolds' claims. Instead, it attempts to evaluate the Aboriginal-settler clash
from the perspective of the Colonial Government, and Lieutenant-Governor Sir
George Arthur in particular. Specifically it seeks to determine to what extent
Arthur participated in a treaty-making process, even if he did not ultimately
conclude a treaty with the Aborigines of Van Diemen's Land.
This thesis examines British policies towards the Aborigines of Van Diemen's
Land from the time of its official settlement in 1804 through to the effecting of
the Treaty of Waitangi in January 1840. While it focuses in greatest detail on
relations between the colonial government and the Aborigines of Van Diemen's
Land in the 1820s and early 1830s, the study of colonial relations is broadened
both chronologically (to 1840) and geographically-north to mainland
Australia, and east to New Zealand-to include brief accounts of the negotiations
of the Batman treaty and the Treaty of Waitangi, so as to provide
a wider context by which to evaluate Governor George Arthur's efforts with
treaty-making in the Van Diemen's Land.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Aboriginal Tasmanians, Treaty-making power
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Copyright 2005 the author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright owner(s) and in the meantime this item has been reproduced here in good faith. We would be pleased to hear from the copyright owner(s).

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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2006. Includes bibliographical references

Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2014 02:49
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2016 00:25
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