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Knopwood's Hobart Town Diary 15 February 1804-28 February 1805
Author: Robert Knopwood

ISBN: 9780949586223
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 112
Published: 31 October 2010
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.4
Robert Knopwood's diary of Hobart Town's first year begins with the arrival of Lieutenant Governor David Collins and a party of convicts and settles in February 1804. The diary is an important historical record of the colony's infancy, with descriptions of the landing at Sullivan Cove, the first buildings and the first contacts with the Aboriginal people.

It also offers a glimpse of the society which was to form the first permanent European settlement in Van Diemen's Land, and throws some light on little-known disputes between Collins and his officers.

As well as carrying out his duties as chaplin and magistrate, Knopwood regularly went into the bush to hunt for kangaroos, emus and other game, and took part in some of the earliest exploratiuons of the Derwent and Huon valleys.

Being a convivial and gregarious man at the centre of events in the little settlement, Knopwood had contact with most of the colonists, and the diary contains the names of almost 100of Tasmania's first settlers.

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