First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero

Henry Reynolds and Nicholas Clements uncover the extraordinary story of one of Australia's greatest military leaders.

Tongerlongeter is an epic story of resistance, sorrow and survival. Leader of the Oyster Bay nation of south-east Tasmania in the 1820s and '30s, Tongerlongeter and his allies prosecuted the most effective frontier resistance ever mounted on Australian soil, inflicting some 354 casualties. His brilliant campaign inspired terror throughout the colony, forcing Governor George Arthur to counter with a massive military operation in 1830. Tongerlongeter escaped but the cumulative losses had taken their toll. On New Year's Eve 1831, having lost his arm, his country, and all but 25 of his people, the chief agreed to an armistice. In exile on Flinders Island, Tongerlongeter united remnant tribes and became the settlement's 'King' - a beacon of hope in a hopeless situation.

ISBN:   9781742237770
Author:   Henry Reynolds and Nicholas Clements
Publication date:  01/11/2022
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  368
Dimension: 210mm X 135mm