My last post generated lots of interest so this post should clarify my intentions.
Principally, I plan to gather information about the aboriginals who frequented the area along the Derwent River, from the mouth to the source of the River. My research aims to collect and collate reliable and authentic information about the life of the indigenous communities prior to European settlement in Van Diemen’s Land/Tasmania. In so doing, I hope to be able to understand the value of the River to early indigenous peoples, as well as the way the topography influenced their lives.
This study will not consider –
- interactions with new settlers, convicts or any other non-indigenous person
- the effect of European settlement on the lives and practices of the indigenous community
- the history of mainland indigenous peoples
I suspect I may be challenged to present a ‘before and after 1803’ scenario of the situation for aboriginals. Others have researched and written on this aspect generally although not specifically focused on the Derwent River, and I am seeking a fresh perspective which is not encumbered by conflict with European settlers in early Van Diemen’s Land.
The periods of history about which I want to collect information, are –
- before European settlement
- at the moment of European settlement in 1803
- some years after 1803 to later in the 19th century – this is deliberately loose to allow for non-indigenous people many decades later who have a first-hand experience, to contribute any information they have about any authentic aboriginal practices – but I will only be looking for those indigenous practices which do not seem to have been altered as a result of European settlement.
This quest will occur intermittently because it will compete with the priorities of my other projects and commitments.