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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Last Indigenous Tasmanian

The Last Indigenous Tasmanian
- In her lifetime she watched her people massacred, her mother killed by sailors, her uncle shot by soldiers, her sister abducted by sealers and her fiancé brutally murdered by timber cutters.
She was raped and exiled with one hundred other indigenous Tasmanians. On this day in 1876 Truganini, the last full-blooded speaker of the Tasmanian language died. Born in 1812, she was witness to British invasion and colonisation. She watched her home cleared and farmed by the invading settlers.