from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- See Tasmania.
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- proper n. The former name (until 1856) of the then-British colony and current state of Australia now known as Tasmania.
Van Diemen's Land director on bushranger territory
Van Diemen's Land - Aussie film that I didn't like, saying it gets nowhere close to being a good movie.
The first half of Van Diemen's Land is actually quite good, however, once the nasty stuff begins, it shifts gears and all the tension that had been built comes crushing down.
[Footnote 1: _Van Diemen's Land_ is the old name for Tasmania, an island off the coast of Australia.]
-- A Van Diemen's Land newspaper announces the death, at the advanced age of eighty-two, of Mr. Glover, the painter, whose pictures of English scenery are well known to lovers of landscape art.
But we have no space to speak of this now, nor of Franklin's wise and gracious government of Van Diemen's Land, now better known as Tasmania, that succeeded.
Van Diemen's Land, which was supposed to be Adventure Bay, but which in reality was Storm Bay.
-- We the undersigned, inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land, having heard that your recall has been influenced by reports injurious to your moral character, during your administration of the government of this colony, deem it to be a duty which we owe to truth and justice to express our unqualified contradiction of those reports, and we feel the more imperatively called upon to do so, from the fact of many of us having differed in opinion upon various measures of your government.
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