University of Tasmania
'Tasmania, Australia and Cornwall: Historical Connections'
14th and 15th March 2014
Connections with Cornwall have had a decisive influence on Australian life. A disproportionate number of Australian leaders - from Governor Arthur to Bob Hawke - have been of Cornish descent. Three interconnected themes will be explored in this conference - the survival of Cornish identity and language; the Cornish in Tasmania and the Cornish impact on Australian mining.
In 1804 Van Diemen's Land was divided into the two counties of Cornwall and Buckinghamshire. Hosting this conference in Launceston (with many other place names deriving from that county) considers these connections 210 years later.
For further details, please see the conference program PDF.
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