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Meehan's Mapping of the Derwent River in Van Diemen's Land, 1803-04

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posted on 2023-07-13, 05:52 authored by Imogen WegmanImogen Wegman
In 1804, the Irish convict-turned-surveyor James Meehan drafted a map (Monmouth 0) of the area around Britain’s new settlement in the colony of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania, Australia). This map describes the terrain and vegetation and guided decision-making by the colonial government for the first few years of the colony’s existence. Despite its importance, it was neither copied nor distributed further than the immediate land it described. For the first time, it has been fully transcribed so that we might examine the fine details. This article argues that despite remaining as a manuscript map, Monmouth 0 is a perfect demonstration of British colonial land management policy as it directed the colonial effort to make their presence permanent on the island of Van Diemen’s Land.

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Publication title

Australian Historical Studies

Volume

ahead-of-print

Issue

ahead-of-print

Pagination

22

eISSN

1940-5049

ISSN

1031-461X

Department/School

Office of the School of Humanities

Publisher

ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD

Publication status

  • Published online

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

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