How Tasmanian Aboriginals Have Been Portrayed by White Australians: A History of Racial and Cultural Delegitimization and the Case of Truganni's Necklace

Author: Onsman, Andrys
Year:2014
Pages:232
ISBN:0-7734-4320-7
978-0-7734-4320-4
Price:179.95
The book traces how Tasmanian Aboriginal people were represented in the past and the political exploitation of their resistance to British settler onslaught as a means to negate their claims for recognition as traditional owners of Tasmania.
Contribution to Scholarship: A new look at how one of the most influential portrayals of Tasmanian Aboriginal people, the one put forward in the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, has changed from simply reflecting an academic idea to becoming pro-active in presenting contemporary images : a change that began when the museum employed an Aboriginal curator to manage its collection.

Reviews

“This book is a welcome addition to the literature on Tasmania’s problematic indigenous past and present...By deconstructing white society’s representations of Tasmanian Aborigines, Onsman reveals how the seeds of racism and genocide were culturally ingrained from the colonial administration to the broader settler society, rendering a people extinct before their time.”
-Professor Tom Heenan, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University

“Onsman’ s book is an exploration of the intersection of history, art and psychology that effortlessly slips out of the thetic straight-jacket of mainstream academic discourses. Onsman works from a broad historical spectrum of art that seems to invite the reader to reconceptualize historical circumstances as an artistic process.” -Professor Robert Nelson
Acclaimed Art Critic
Monash University , Melbourne, Australia


“The troubled history of representing Truganini and the Tasmanian Aboriginal people in settler and Indigenous culture – through history, archaeology, anthropology, fiction, art and film – and the modern efforts of the Tasmanian Aboriginal community to contest the orthodoxy that she was the ‘Last of the Tasmanians’, form the core of this impressive book.”
Professor Frank Bongiorno
Australian National University


Table of Contents

FOREWORD
Tom Heenan
INTRODUCTION
PRECONCEPTIONS
THE TASMANIANS: FIRST IMPRESSIONS
First, The Dutch
Then, the British
And Then, the French

THE COLONISATION OF TASMANIA
THE COLONIAL ARTISTS
Glover
Bock
Duterreau
TRUGANINI
RELOCATION: PUSHED FROM PILLAR TO POST

WYBALENNA 1833-1847
INTERLUDE – PORT PHILIP 1838 – 42
OYSTER COVER 1847-1874
Walter George Arthur and Fanny Cochrane
Bessy Clark
Mathinna
William Lanne

THE ORPHANS’ SCHOOL
TRUGANINI’S FUNERAL
THE FUNERAL
THE DESECRATION
THE REPATRIATION
“The Last Tasmanian”
Gathering the Remains

FAMILY MATTERS
FAMILY
CHILDREN
LOUISA BRIGGS
AN EXTRAORDINARY IMAGE
SHELLNECKLACES
FACT IN FICTION: FICTION IN FACT

Little Brown Piccaninnies of Tasmania
Manganinnie
Mathinna’s People / wanting
Queen Trucanini: a novel
Dr Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World
The Savage Crows
The Alphabet of Light and Dark

TRUGANINI NOW
A CONTEMPORARY ICON
IN CONCLUSION
BIBLIOGRAPHY