The Australian Agricultural Company, the Van Diemen’s Land Company: Labour Relations with Aboriginal Landowners, 1824–1835

  • Lyndall Ryan
Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)


When the Australian Agricultural Company and the Van Diemen’s Land Company took up their vast land grants in New South Wales and Van Diemen’s Land in the mid 1820s, they were confronted by the Aboriginal landowners. This chapter explores their responses to the Aboriginal people by focusing on their divergent employment policies. The chapter finds that the Australian Agricultural Company promoted Aboriginal labour to ensure their survival and the Van Diemen’s Land Company promoted their removal in the belief that they were destined to die out.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyndall Ryan
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  1. 1.University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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