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The best description I've yet read of the first years of colonisation in Van Diemen's Land.

Most everyone in VDL in 1804 - white, black, convict, soldier, free settler - was a victim of circumstance. Most of the Europeans arrived with the military pointing a shotgun at their head. The aborigines didn't want them there.  The British government just wanted them gone from Britain and very quickly forgot about them. This is the story of what happened. Their reality had parallels with Lord of the Flies.

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