Van Diemen's Land


This section contains Van Diemen's Land (VDL) specific information presented on this site; primarily in the period from first settlement by Europeans in late 1803 and early 1804, through to 1856 when the name was officially changed to "Tasmania."

Van Diemen's Land was the original name used by most Europeans for the island of Tasmania, now part of Australia.
The name was changed from Van Diemen's Land to Tasmania in 1856.

Source : Wikipedia - Van Diemen's Land

It is not in such a hurried and incomplete account, nor even in volumes of records that you get a true history of such a colony.
It is the little man, his wife and children who never get into history,
... who made Tasmania out of Van Diemen's Land,
... who suffered from the stupidity of officials,
... who broke the first soil and planted their crops,
... who defended themselves against bushranger and black,
and whose sturdy independence and common sense finally won the day.

Source : Haskell, Arnold : Advocate Magazine 1944

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