Truganini. By Alex D and Sarah S. a) Identification. Trugernanner (Truganini) was born in 1812 and died in 1876. She was a historical Aboriginal, born in Van Diemen’s Land and was in the south-eastern nation (tribe) in Tasmania, her father was the tribe leader.
By Alex D and Sarah S
Before the Aboriginals moved from Flinders Island to Oyster Bay, they were moved to Port Phillip and that was where the most of the Aboriginals died. When the surviving Aboriginals moved to Oyster Bay, there were only 45 Aboriginals left excluding Truganini.
She was important because to the rest of the surviving Aboriginals, she was someone to look up to and keep them determined to fight for a better life without discrimination and belittling of the Indigenous people of Australia.
1812-Born in Bruny Island to a tribal elder.
1830-The fighting between the ‘invaders’ and Aboriginals had become The Black War. The colonial authorities told George Augustus Robinson to move the Aboriginals to an Island. Truganini went with Robinson hoping it would stop the killings of the Aboriginal people.
1835-By now, she was used to violent acts committed towards her people. Her mother, fiancé, and uncle were murdered and her sisters abducted. She herself was raped.
Between 1830-1834-Truganini met her new husband Wooraddy and they travelled with Robinson on his “missions”. She acted as a guide and interpreter and she actually saved Robinson’s life a few times.
Between 1834-1847-The new settlement on Flinders Island was actually a prison and death trap. Aboriginals started to die because of influenza and other diseases. When this was happening, Truganini was warning other Aboriginals not to come and advising them to keep away.
1847-The remaining 45 Aboriginals and herself moved to Oyster Cove. The conditions were worse.
1873-Truganini was the only one alive now. She managed to find peace within herself and stay content because she was close to her tribal territory.
1876-She died at the age of 64. She had been living in Hobart in care of a friend.
1976-Her dying wish was granted-after her remains were cremated, her ashes were scattered in the waters of her traditional land.
Flinders Island- the new settlement where the Aboriginals were moved
Where Truganini and the 45 other remaining Aboriginals were moved to
Truganini’s nation (birthplace)
This is a painting of Truganini from Benjamin Duterrau (a friend of Robinson). He is known for painting many Aboriginal scenes in Tasmania. This painting was done in the late 1820’s.
“This special Tasmanian will always be remembered for her courage and strength in the face of harsh and brutal times”