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The Penal Settlement of Macquarie Harbour recalls the first discovery and settlement of Macquarie Harbour in particular, Sarah Island. The island was first used to house the convict rogues of Hobart in January 1822. The Government of the time found the island ideal and thought that no-one could possibly escape from such a hostile environment.

Throughout its 11 year history, many men did escape including Matthew Brady and Alexander Pierce commonly known as the Pieman.

In the final settlement years of Sarah Island, a man named George Robinson, by order of Governor Arthur, used the island to house the last remaining aboriginal natives before their transport to Flinders Island. Only about two hundred were found with the help of friendly natives Robinson had with him including Truganini, the last full blooded Tasmanian aboriginal woman who later died in Hobart in 1876

Penal Settlement Of Macquarie Harbour - History

  • Author: Hans Julen
  • ISBN: 0 959920730
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