Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/2/2008

Van Diemen’s Land

In those early paintings of early Australia depicting convict-built stone towns, there is a remarkable, if little noted absence. If the artists were very often convicts, where are the convicts in the paintings? They almost never appear. Aborigines are gradually displaced to the edge of the picture frame and then fall out of it. Convicts are not visible to begin with. It is with a particular version of this excision, besides much else, that James Boyce is concerned in his absorbing, strikingly revisionist history, Van Diemen’s Land. for more click here

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