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The early history of Bruny Island


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Lord, Clive Errol 1920 , 'The early history of Bruny Island' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 114-136 .

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The Southern part of Tasmania came in for a
considerable amount of attention in the early days, mainly
owing to the fact that the existence of Bass Straits was
not known, and all vessels coming from the westward had
to weather the South-West Cape in order to reach the
East Coast of the Continent and the seas beyond.
Nearly all the navigators
of whom we have record, however, left some trace of
their visit by naming the prominent features of the locality
wherein they stayed.
In the present instance
it is desired to place on record a few facts that have been
compiled in relation to Bruny Island and its early explorers.
In doing so it must be remembered that the
records will be merely those of whom we have knowledge.
While they were undoubtedly the chief ones, it is
well to recall that there were probably many ships that
set forth to explore the Southern seas, but which never
Includes notes on the nomenclature of Bruny Island.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lord, Clive Errol
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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