Denis Mahony, August 2016

Bruce Pascoe (July) called up a memory of my last Gordon River cruise, a decade or so ago. When we disembarked at Sarah Island, I declined the informative talk on the area’s convict history to walk a little-used path to a higher ridge. Here was a plaque requesting respect for the indigenous people buried there. They were the first of scores to die after George Augustus Robinson’s “Friendly Mission” rounded up the remnant indigenous Australians in 1830–31 to be given the benefits of civilisation. Most significant, but there was no mention in the otherwise excellent tour presentation.

Denis Mahony
Pelverata, TAS