Date(s) - 15/11/2018
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Truro Baptist Church
The First Tasmanians: clashing cultures as seen through the eyes of historians and archaeologists.
For almost 100 years most of the world thought that Tasmania’s aboriginal population had been wiped out by a campaign to confine them to Flinders Island, where they died of European diseases and depression. Even in the 1970s archaeologists saw them as a remnant people, isolated from mainland Australia about 12,000 years ago, who regressed rather than progressed. Victorian and Edwardian anthropologists and antiquarians compared them to the European Palaeolithic culture. Attitudes are changing and this presentation will offer alternative views of this once vibrant and successful society.