September 17 2016

Episode 10: Looking Through a Glass Onion

Well this is the end of the road, at least for now. In this final episode we present a thematic summary of the collective historical narrative. The episode then explores some genealogical methodology before returning to where we began: William Mallett (1796-1852). In conclusion, I share what participation in a Y-DNA study has revealed about the origins of my patrilineal line. It's been challenging but rewarding, so thank you for coming on this journey with me. I hope you learnt something, I know I did.

September 4 2016

Episode 9: When My Ship Comes In

In this episode we cover the Second World War and the early post war period which marks both significant economic and cultural development. The society that emerges is not only more affluent but also a more empathetic and enlightened one thanks to the creation of the welfare state. In our personal narrative we look at the typical life journey of my Grandparents through depression, war and early post-war Tasmania.

August 21 2016

Episode 8: Bridge Over Troubled Water

In this episode we cover the inter-war period, a slightly neglected phase of great contrasts, conflicts and achievements of its own. In our personal narrative we look at the struggles of the depression generations.

August 7 2016

Episode 7: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

In this installment, the Twentieth Century begins with promise as municipal and scientific progressivism dominates the political landscape. The coming of age of the state Labor party also seems to reflect this preoccupation with the new social agenda. However it also marks the beginning of a increased polarization between labour and capital within the political culture of the state. The Boer War is an omen of the darkness to come. Between 1914 and 1918 the Great War becomes an all consuming tragedy highlighting not only the folly and horror of modern industrial war but the underlying divisions within Tasmanian society itself. For many the arrival of the Spanish flu pandemic to the island in 1919 represents the final blow in a dark decade. In relation to our personal narrative, we learn that few families escaped the ultimate price for their young men's participation in the war to end all wars.

July 24 2016

Episode 6: Come Together

In this episode we cover a period of Tasmanian history (1870-1900) which can only be described as boom and bust! The mining boom of the 1870s has some positive flow on effects in regards to municipalism, education and the creation of a middle class. But middle class liberalism and moral reformist fervour begins to give way to progressivism after the professional classes observe first hand the distressing effects of the depression of the 1890s. Ultimately the cause of federation proves to not only be a sensible, practical concept but also a way of unifying and distracting the general population from the miseries of the economic downturn. In our concurrent personal narrative, a young Mr and Mrs Mallett move on to more promising pastures in Victoria, only to splinter and return to the colony in the form of a single parent family. 

July 10 2016

Episode 5: Free the People

In this episode we cover the period in Tasmanian history between 1850 and 1880. This is a period wherein 'Van Diemen's Land' vanished and the 'Tasmania' as we understand the concept today was born - and not just in name. The system of transportation of convicts to the island ceases and free immigration begins in earnest. While a qualified form of self-government follows, this also leads to open discrimination against its remaining convict and emancipist populations. It is the North West that arguably becomes the engine of economic and demographic growth in the period. The island though is eclipsed in terms of development by its own colony (Victoria) and in many ways becomes an economic appendage of its child. In terms of our ongoing personal narrative we learn what actually happened to William and Jane Mallett's missing son...

July 1 2016

Episode 4: When Two Tribes Go to War (UPDATED: SOUND PROBLEM FIXED)

This episode covers perhaps the most divided and tragic period in Tasmanian history: the Black War. The collective narrative also details the first depression to hit the island and the subsequent settlement of Victoria. In the personal narrative for this period 1830-1850, we discuss the diffusion of William and Jane Mallett's family across those two colonies following William's second conviction and transportation to Port Arthur. THIS IS A RE-RECORDED VERSION MADE TO IMPROVE SOUND QUALITY.

June 12 2016

Episode 3: We Can Work It Out

In our collective narrative we explore Governor Arthur's reforms, the 'problem' of women in the convict system and increasing tensions with the native population leading to the infamous black line experiment. In our personal narrative we explore William Mallett's second conviction, his transportation to Port Arthur and the subsequent break up of his family.

May 29 2016

Episode 2: Walk Right In

In this second episode of the series we cover initial European settlement both South and North as well as early contact with the indigenous population. In our personal content we cover the background of convict Jane Brickhill and her early married life with William Mallett.

May 17 2016

Episode 1: Ships Passing in the Night

In this introductory episode we detail the history of the island up to the point of European settlement as well as the transportation system that was to eventually bring 162, 000 people to Australia. Our personal case study is William Mallett (1796-1852) who was sentenced to death for burglary in Launceston Cornwall in 1816 and had his sentence commuted to seven years transportation. 

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