About Becoming Tasmania by Terry
Terry tells how, when and why Abel Tasman named
Land, with information on his personal and career information.
Social and political divisions
on the island are outlined because they relate to the ‘hated stain’ of
convictism, which attached to the original name.
The book mentions many early
uses of the alternative name – who
coined it and its evolving usage before it became legal.
Chapter Five outlines the
island’s campaign to become ‘convict
free’ because it cannot be separated from the island’s
renaming, or from the equally related struggle for self-government.
The book describes the formal
stages of the renaming and in particular William Sharland’s
responsibility for achieving it as from 1 January 1856.