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A Very Secret Trade

A Very Secret Trade
 
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In the 19th century, collectors and museum curators in Europe were fascinated by the antipodean colony of Van Diemen's Land / Tasmania. They cultivated contacts in the colony who could supply them with exotic specimens, including skeletons of the thylacine and the platypus. But they were not just interested in animals and plants. The belief that the original people of the colony were an utterly unique race and facing possible extinction had the European scientific community scrambling for human exhibits.

Many eminent colonial figures were involved in this clandestine trade, among them four colonial governors, several key politicians and even Lady Jane Franklin. In Britain, Sir Joseph Banks, the Duke of Newcastle and Professor Thomas Huxley were among many eminent men who solicited human specimens from the colony. Worse still, the men responsible for the care and protection of the few original people who had survived the ravages of disease and the infamous Black Wars were prominent in the trade.

In A Very Secret Trade, Cassandra Pybus uncovers one of the darkest and carefully hidden secrets in Australia's colonial history.

Softcover book
Published 2024
318-pages
SKU SKU19761
Quantity in stock 3 item(s) available
Weight 0.80 kg
Author Cassandra Pybus
ISBN 9781761066344
 
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