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Tasmanian (a Vandemonian was the ill-omened name at that time), was the first mayor.
Chinamen, with pigtails and loose trousers; aborigines, with a solitary blanket flung over them; Vandemonian pick-pockets, with cunning eyes and light fingers -- all, in fact, from the successful digger in his blue serge shirt, and with green veil still hanging round his wideawake, to the fashionably attired, newly-arrived "gent" from London, who stares round him in amazement and disgust.
But this was an utter non possimus with the nominees and squatting members, most of whom, with Ebden at their head, would almost rather have endured a presentable Vandemonian expiree in the chair than the ultra-democratic
In his Vandemonian Essays, Tasmanian poet Pete Hay quotes James Boyce speaking of an "enduring Vandemonian spirit".
(“You’ll never get ’em like that, Dick,” muttered Purdy.) “Not so much gentlemening, if YOU please!” said a sinister-looking man, who might have been a Vandemonian in his day.
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