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Aboriginal man and woman, Tasmania, Australia, 1826-1829.


Aboriginal man and woman, Tasmania, Australia, 1826-1829.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm


Lithograph by Maurin after a drawing 'communicated by Mr Niel'. The population of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania), about 5,000 at the time of colonisation, was reduced by Europeans to almost nothing through hunting and disease. There are no full-blooded Tasmanian aboriginals left today. Illustration from 'Voyage de decouvertes de "l'Astrolabe": execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829' by French navigator Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), published in Paris in 1833. The book, (in English, 'Voyage of discovery of the "Astrolabe": undertaken by order of the king, during the years 1826-1829'), is an account of a scientific expedition to the Pacific. Illustration from the atlas section of the book.

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