In September 1803 the folk of Van Diemans Land gathered together at the raw settlement of Risdon Cove on the Derwent River, so a ‘muster’ of settlers and stock could be carried out.  From then until 1820 British officialdom meticulously used these musters as a colonial census gathering their far-flung convict settlement together regularly on public squares and country parade grounds.  This early procedure meant the survival of a unique record of the colony’s growth.  This book records many of these old documents bringing back to life our colonial past.  It will appeal to students of history, genealogists and everyone seeking a realistic glimpse of Tasmania’s early days as the convict colony of Van Diemans Land.

 

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