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Tasmania (known as Van Diemen's Land in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and now part of Australia) was also established as a British penal colony in the early 1800s.
Transportation of convicts continued through the mid-1800s.
Jump to: Australia Mysteries set in Australia New Zealand Mysteries set in New Zealand Australia and its surrounding islands were settled by colonists from the British Isles in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, beginning with a penal colony established on the site of the modern city of Sydney in 1788.Many free immigrants also settled in Australia and Tasmania, especially during the 1850s when they were attracted by the wool industry and a series of gold rushes.The first Europeans to settle in New Zealand were Christian missionaries who came in the 1800s to convert the native Maori.Review Catherine Gaskin, Sara Dane (1954), about a woman convict transported to Australia and her rise to become a landowner, ship owner, and pioneer of the wool industry.Goldie Goldbloom, The Paperbark Shoe (2008; originally titled Toad's Museum of Freaks and Wonders), about an albino pianist and her husband whose lives are disrupted when two Italian prisoners of war arrive on their farm during World War II.
Review from The Independent Rolf Boldrewood, Robbery Under Arms: A Story of Life and Adventure in the Bush and in the Goldfields of Australia (1882), about a man who joined a gang of bushrangers and preyed on miners during the gold rush of the 1850s; Rolf Boldrewood was a pen name of Thomas Alexander Browne; contemporary at the time it was written; ebook online at The University of Adelaide website.