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Casual Expansion by Land Grantees in Van Diemen’s Land

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Wegman, I ORCID: 0000-0002-0514-9184 2017 , 'Casual Expansion by Land Grantees in Van Diemen’s Land' , Tasmanian Historical Studies, vol. 22 , pp. 1-17 .

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Abstract

Talk to any surveyor, conveyance lawyer, or farmer in Tasmania today and you will hear stories of troublesome property boundaries that date back to the colonial period. These complaints are nothing new - from almost the beginning of the British colony, accusations were made against the Survey Office and the quality of its work. Two charges were commonly laid against the surveyors responsible for dividing, measuring and recording the alienation of land for the European settlers: incompetence and corruption. This article challenges this assertion by considering the actions of the European settlers within the colonial bureaucracy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wegman, I
Keywords: Van Diemen's Land, Survey Office, history, land grants
Journal or Publication Title: Tasmanian Historical Studies
Publisher: University of Tasmania
ISSN: 1324-048X
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