Open Access Repository

Land exploration in Tasmania, 1824- 1842: With special reference to the Van Diemen's Land Company


Downloads per month over past year

Franks, SM 1958 , 'Land exploration in Tasmania, 1824- 1842: With special reference to the Van Diemen's Land Company', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

PDF (Whole thesis)
Whole-franks-th...pdf | Download (7MB)
Available under University of Tasmania Standard License.


This thesis does not purport to be a comprehensive,
definitive account of all Tasmanian exploration undertaken
during the years from 1824 to 1842. Much of the exploration
that was carried out during this (and other) periods was
obviously not undertaken in that name, but was merely the
incidental result of activities with another purpose:
hunters roaming away from the settlement; settlers seeking
for new lands; stockmen searching for lost cattle or sheep;
or escaped convicts seeking freedom in the uninhabited and
unknown wilds of the Colony. Of moat of these journeys no
official or non-official record now remains, or probably ever
existed; for, even if they had been disposed to write down their
experiences, undoubtedly a great many of these bush travellers
were illiterate. In other cases, where some record does
survive, the people concerned were only semi-literate, and ill equipped
to make a geographically intelligible report of their
For this reason, the limited availability of records, this
thesis deals mainly with exploration tmdertaken in an official
or semi-official capacity by Government or privately sponsored
surveyors; or by settlers possessing the requisite knowledge to
give accurate reports of the country they traversed.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Franks, SM
Additional Information:

Copyright 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).

Item Statistics: View statistics for this item

Actions (login required)

Item Control Page Item Control Page