September 1803 the folk of Van Diemans Land gathered
together at the raw settlement of Risdon Cove on the Derwent
River, so a ‘muster’ of settlers and stock could be carried
out. From then
until 1820 British officialdom meticulously used these
musters as a colonial census gathering their far-flung
convict settlement together regularly on public squares and
country parade grounds.
This early procedure meant the survival of a unique
record of the colony’s growth.
This book records many of these old documents
bringing back to life our colonial past.
It will appeal to students of history, genealogists
and everyone seeking a realistic glimpse of Tasmania’s early
days as the convict colony of Van Diemans Land.