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Van Diemen's Land

Islands information
NameVan Diemen's Land
LocationSouthern Ocean|coordinates= 
Geography information
Area68401 km2 (26409.8 mi)
Elevation5295.3 ft (1614 m)
Highest pointMount Ossa
Administration information
Largest cityHobart Town
Administration information
Population40000 as of 1855
Density0.59 km2
Ethnic groupsTasmanian Aborigines

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Van Diemen's Land was the original name used by most Europeans for the island of Tasmania, now part of Australia. The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman was the first European to land on the shores of Tasmania. Landing at Blackman's Bay and later having the Dutch flag flown at North Bay, Tasman named the island Anthoonij van Diemenslandt in honour of Anthony van Diemen, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies who had sent Tasman on his voyage of discovery in 1642. Between 1772 and 1798 only the South East of the island was visited. Tasmania was not known to be an island until Matthew Flinders and George Bass circumnavigated it in the Norfolk in 1798-99.

In 1803, the island was colonised by the British as a penal colony with the name Van Diemen's Land, and became part of the British colony of New South Wales. In 1824, Van Diemen's Land became a colony in its own right.

The demonym for Van Diemen's Land was 'Van Diemonian', though contemporaries used Vandemonian, possibly as a play on words relating to the colony's penal origins.

In 1856 the colony was granted responsible self-government with its own representative parliament, and the name of the island and colony was changed to Tasmania.

Van Diemens Land Video A film telling the story of Australian cannibal Alexander Pearce has made audience members physically sick. Van Diemens Land, starring Neighbours actor Oscar Redding and directed by Jonathan Auf Der Heide depicts the 1822 escape from a prison on Tasmanias Sarah Island by Alexander Pearce and seven other inmates. After escaping Pearce murdered and cannibalised his fellow escapees. Auf Der Heide believes its the films realism which has caused such a reaction with his audience. The vomiting thing was a real surprise to me â we had two people vomit in New Zealand, and a couple of people have fainted during the first killing scene, he told The Mercury. But its nowhere near as intense as a lot of the cinema thats out there today because we did shy away from the gruesome stuff. What people find so gruesome about it is that it is approached as authentically as possible. So there are no blood splatters or any of that stuff that were used to but when it becomes a reality, murder can be mundane and clumsy and ugly. And terrifying. Van Diemens Land has an Australian theatrical release on the 24th September.
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The true story of Australia's most notorious convict, Alexander Pearce and his fateful escape into the harsh Tasmanian wilderness. COMING SOON - Late 2009
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3.23 min. | 4.79 user rating This is a song by U2 we used in our PS22 original musical, Sandy Ground Flowers Of The Sand. The only lyrics we changed were the words in the title. Sandy Ground is the oldest, still surviving, community of freed African-American slaves, and its located in our hometown of Staten Island. ThePS22 Chorus is not a middle, intermediate, or high school group. It is comprised of about 70 public elementary school fifth graders from New York City. Visit our above website for more!
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An insightful new look into the work of the best clapper loader in the world, Cam. Sharing his secrets on set of Van Diemen's Land - IN CINEMAS SEPT 24TH
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U2 Van Diemen's Land Cover By Shane Murray
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Hold me now, oh hold me now Till this hour has gone around And I gone, on the rising tide For to face Van Diemen's land. It's a bitter pill I swallow here To be rent from one so dear. We fought for justice and not for gain But the magistrate sent me away. Now kings will rule and the poor will toil And tear their hands as they tear the soil But a day will come in this dawning age When an honest man sees an honest wage. Hold me now, oh hold me now Till this hour has gone around And I'm gone on the rising tide For to face Van Diemen's Land.
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Tasmania Mercury--The NTCA Ground hosted the first ever first-class game between "The Gentlemen of -Van Diemens Land-" and "The Gentlemen of Port Phillip Bay" from February ... - Date : Mon, 06 Dec 2010 15:10:46 GMT+00:00
25000 Irish convict women sent to Australia honored in Cork - Irish Central Tweet this news
Irish Central--Mary Walsh from Clonmel was sentenced to seven years in the colony of -Van Diemen's Land-, Tasmania. The mother of one was charged with stealing cloth from a ... - Date : Sat, 14 Aug 2010 16:04:37 GMT+00:00
Getting stuck in to Spike Island - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times---...- also a chance for visitors to look inside what is thought to be the cell Irish patriot John Mitchel was held in before being deported to -Van Diemen's Land-.--- - Date : Mon, 16 Aug 2010 23:48:26 GMT+00:00
We remain fairly accessible to producers: Madman - encore Tweet this news
encore--We were also pleased with some of our Australian films, most notably -Van Diemen's Land- and the re-release of Wake in Fright, which took $300000 each. ... - Date : Sun, 15 Aug 2010 22:49:36 GMT+00:00
Feature: For Love or Money - Inside Film Tweet this news
Inside Film--Two notable feature films were made last year using deferred payments: -Van Diemen's Land- and The Marriage of Figaro. Biker comedy The Marriage of Figaro's ... - Date : Fri, 30 Jul 2010 05:48:00 GMT+00:00
Spike Island opens to public - Irish Times Tweet this news
Irish Times---...- guided tour to Fort Mitchel where we will visit the cell where the nationalist John Mitchel was imprisoned prior to his departure to -Van Diemen's Land-. ... - Date : Fri, 30 Jul 2010 23:36:39 GMT+00:00
I-ON: "Van Diemen´s Land" und weitere Störkanal-DVDs - Cinefacts Tweet this news
Cinefacts--Das australische Horror-Drama "-Van Diemen-´s -Land-" spielt im Jahr 1822 und basiert auf einer wahren Begebenheit. Insgesamt acht Verbrecher flüchten darin aus ... - Date : Tue, 20 Jul 2010 08:00:53 GMT+00:00
Aartsbisschop: 'Hooggerechtshof brengt democratie in gevaar' - Katholiek Nieuwsblad Tweet this news
Katholiek Nieuwsblad--Ik heb geleerd, dat men de hoogte -van- de beschaving -van- een -land- kan afleiden uit de feiten hoe men met de meest kwetsbare mensen omgaat. ... - Date : Thu, 15 Jul 2010 07:02:22 GMT+00:00
De Wever woest om uithaal Van Brempt - Tweet this news"Bart brengt nochtans de grootste offers in een poging iets te maken -van- dit -land-, en dan wordt hij gepakt op zoiets. Terwijl ik weet dat hij wél een goeie ... - Date : Sun, 25 Jul 2010 06:16:32 GMT+00:00
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The List--In 1822, eight convicts escaped Macquarie Harbour in -Van Dieman's Land- (Tasmania) in a fateful bid for freedom. The band of Irish, English and Scottish ... - Date : Tue, 18 May 2010 16:08:01 GMT+00:00

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