Tasmania’s bounty

Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state which was infamously known as Van Diemen’s Land, has plenty to offer the adventurous tourist, writes Kieron Wood

26th March, 2011

When the Irish MP William Smith O ’Brien was transported to Tasmania in the mid-19th century, he remarked on how the landscape reminded him of home.

Smith O’Brien, who was born in Dromoland Castle in Co Clare, was sentenced to death in 1848 for treason, but the sentence was commuted to transportation for life to what was then known as Van Diemen’s Land.

Writing of his experiences in later years,...

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