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Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania


Photo and audio records

Image 14: First house being built by the Cape Barren Housing project, 1980

Image 14: First house being built by the Cape Barren Housing project, 1980
NAA: A8598, AK20/5/80/52
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From 1967, the Commonwealth's Indigenous, broadcast and publicity agencies created audiovisual records relevant to Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Some allude to the near destruction of Tasmania's first people, though most document the life of their descendants in various formal and informal poses.

Selected audiovisual items relating to Tasmanian Aboriginal people
National Archives, Sydney
The Tasmanian Aborigine, 1972–80 C100, 75/10/466.1M
The Tasmanian Aborigine, 1972–80 C100, 75/10/466.2M
The Tasmanian Aborigine, 1972–80 C100, 75/10/466.3M
Songs and war chants of extinct Tasmanian Aborigines, 1977 C100, 07/7/1978 M
Songs of Tasmanian Aborigines, 1977 C100, 76/5/1147 M
National Archives, Canberra
Bust of William Lanney, last Tasmanian male Aboriginal, Queen Victoria Museum, Launceston, Tasmania, 1980 A6135, K21/5/80/12
Tasmanian Aboriginals receive radio training at 2CC, 1980 A6135, K29/7/80/1
Aboriginal protest in Hobart against the bicentennial celebrations – Tasmania, 1988 A6135, K5/2/88/48
Cape Barren Island, looking towards Flinders Island in the Bass Strait, 1987 A6180, 10/8/87/13
Ms S Bowdler researches Tasmanian Aboriginals with bone artefacts, 1975 A6180, 15/8/75/76
Tasmania museum records past Aboriginal settlement, 1980 A6180, 15/4/80/20
Tasmanian Aboriginals receive radio training at 2CC, 1980 A6180, 29/7/80/14
Cape Barren Island, Tasmania, 1975 A8739, A9/4/75/2
Great Dog Island, Tasmania – mutton birding, 1975 A8739, A10/4/75/2
Aerial of Cape Barren Island Settlement, Tasmania, 1980 A8598, AK22/5/80/78
First house being built by Cape Barren Island Housing Project, Tasmania, 1980 A8598, AK20/5/80/52
Brick making, Cape Barren Island, Tasmania, 1980 A8598, AK22/5/80/83
Mrs A Mansell and Karen Brown, Cape Barren Island Tasmania, 1980 A8598, AK22/5/80/2
Eric and Ruth Maynard plucking mutton birds, Great Dog Island, Tasmania, 1980 A8598, AK22/5/80/3

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Chapter 6
Tasmanian Aboriginal people