A short history of the Tasmanian affair

23rd January 2014

Tim Murray and some of the artefacts bound back for Tasmania (published in Australian Archaeology 41:42).

Tim Murray and some of the artefacts bound back for Tasmania (published in Australian Archaeology 41:42).

Jim Allen

Introduction*

Recent events involving the Tasmanian government, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council, Tim Murray, myself and the La Trobe School of Archaeology have received wide press coverage. In the middle of these proceedings a petition from TALC archaeologists D. Collett and J. Smith, seeking to censure Murray and me, was widely circulated to Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) members. At the request of the AA Editors, this note outlines the events which culminated in proceedings in the Federal Court in July this year. This note makes no further mention of the Collett/Smith petition, which at the time of writing (September) is the subject of separate action.

This history will delineate in chronological order to the major pieces of correspondence and their contents. A file of correspondence is held in the School of Archaeology at La Trobe, where it is available to be consulted by members of the Association or other researchers. Sae of these documents require comment. These comments reflect my interpretations of meanings and events and are therefore kept separate from descriptions of the contents of documents.

*Note that an abstract was not included with this paper, and so the introductory paragraph has been included here instead of the abstract.

Allen, J.
A short history of the Tasmanian affair
December 1995
41
42–48
Short Report
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