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Proclamation board

One of only several remaining in the world, this proclamation board, issued around1830, represents an attempt by Lieutenant Governor George Arthur of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) to conciliate Aboriginal people amid aggressive settlement and frontier violence.Explore this Object 
The Colonial Times newspaper questioned the government initiative, noting sardonically that the cause of Aboriginal hostility must be “more deeply probed, or their taste as connoisseurs of paintings be more clearly established.”
Proclamation board

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