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The Extraordinary Tale of…

As one of the last speakers of a Tasmanian (Palawa) language, Truganini has an important and unique place in history

1876 THE ‘LAST’ ABORIGINAL TASMANIAN DIES

Truganini, the woman who defied white settlers in an age of colonial violence

Pre-colonial Tasmania, an island off the coast of Australia, was a place almost frozen in time. People were governed by ancient tribal traditions, and lived their lives as their ancestors had done. It was in this context that Truganini, a Palawa girl born in 1812, grew up. However, the arrival of European settlers several years previously had torn the community apart. Racial violence known as the

‘Black War’ broke out, claiming the lives of many Aboriginal men, women and children. By the time she was 17, Truganini had seen unspeakable horrrors – her mother, uncle and fiancé had been brutally murdered, her sister abducted, and she herself had been raped.

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When news broke a couple of years back that the body of Richard III had been discovered under a car park in Leicester, hope sprang afresh that the truth about this most divisive of kings would finally be put to rest. But while the find offered many clues, we have much fact yet to separate from fiction. Who was the real Richard? Was he a murderous usurper, or has his reputation been tarnished in a classic case of the victors writing history? We get to the heart of the matter from page 30.