Dr Ian McFarlane

Van Diemen's Land: An Aboriginal History

An introduction and general discussion on the background, scope and writing of this soon to be published book covering Aboriginal History in Tasmania from 35,000 BCE up until 1970, including its context within the ongoing 'History Wars'.

Ian McFarlane graduated with honours from Monash University in History and Politics and completed a PhD in History with UTAS. Before retirement Ian lectured in History and Aboriginal Studies on the UTas Cradle Coast Campus.  

His main interest is in regional history and he has published a number of works, including: Beyond Awakening. Aboriginal Tribes of North West Tasmania: A History (an excellent book and although it’s no longer in print, copies are available from the library). His publications also include the essay 'Cape Grim', which appeared in the book titled Whitewash: On Keith Windschuttle's Fabrication of History, edited by Robert Manne and the essay 'N.J.B. Plomley's contribution to NW Tasmanian History' in the book Reading Robinson: a series of companion essays to Plomley’s book ‘Friendly Mission’.