Truganini - In her Freedom Fighting days

Dec 01, 2014, 08:48 PM

One of the most familiar names in the story of Australian colonisation is that of the Tasmanian Aboriginal woman 'Truganini'. But for most people the story begins and ends with a single, very famous photo, along with a label describing her simply as the last of the full-blood Tasmanian Aborigines.

Not only was that label deeply misleading, we now know that Truganini's life is one of the most significant foundation stories of European settlement in Australia. But there's still one story that few people know about and about which little has been written - it's the extraordinary tale of Truganini's time as a freedom fighter (named as a bushranger in this story).

ABC Radio National 'Hindsight' - Presented by Lorena Allam in 2009 Thomas Bock (c. 1790-1855) ... IMAGE: PORTRAIT OF TRUGANINI (THOMAS BOCK, C. 1790-1855)