Truganini is reputed to be the last living Tasmanian
I found this memorial to her on the isthmus of Bruny Island,
place of her birth. Although there was some conflict between
Aborigines and whites it was disease, perhaps exacerbated by
disposession that took the greatest toll. I was in Tasmania
research an article on the sinking of the convict ship George III, and
became interested in the French explorer Bruny D'Entrecasteaux who
mapped and named many locations in this area south of Hobart.
Many explorers including Captain Bligh called into Bruny
Island. Click here for this album.
"Most likely the story of convicts being shot while attempting to
escape a sinking ship continued to be retold amongst
The gentleman I met said his forefather was one of the last convicts
sent to the Colony, and arrived in the 1850's, which is nearly two
decades after the wreck." click here for "Tasmanian Shipwreck Legend"