Tasmania’s Aborigines – Did you know?
Fate of the Tasmanian Aborigines
When the Europeans first settled Tasmania in the early years of the 19thC there were more than 4,000 Aborigine tribesmen living on the island. War erupted between the two communities almost at once. Things got so bad that soldiers were even permitted to hunt down Aborigines like game. By 1829, there were only 135 Aborginies left – one of these survivors is pictured. These were transported to Flinders Island, where their slaughterers intended to educate them in the benefits of civilization. Seventeen years later, all but 47 had died. These days, about 16 per cent of the population of 775 are Aborigines.