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Notes on the aborigines of Tasmania, extracted from the manuscript journals of George Washington Walker, with an introduction by James B. Walker, F.R.G.S.

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Walker, George Washington and Walker, James Backhouse (1897) Notes on the aborigines of Tasmania, extracted from the manuscript journals of George Washington Walker, with an introduction by James B. Walker, F.R.G.S. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 145-175.

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Abstract

In the year 1832 Messrs. James Backhouse and George
Washington Walker, two members of the Society of
Friends, arrived at Hobart from England. The objects
of their visit to the Australian Colonies were philanthropic.
One purpose they had in view was an
investigation of the condition of the prisoner population
and the working of the penal system. Another was an
enquiry into the treatment of the Aboriginal inhabitants.
The various Governors afforded them every facility in
their enquiries, and the reports which they made from
time to time had a considerable influence in obtaining an
amelioration of the condition of the large number of men
then under penal discipline.

Item Type: Article
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
Page Range: pp. 145-175
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.

Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2013 05:35
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2014 22:40
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