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Van Diemen's Land


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • See Tasmania.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The former name (until 1856) of the then-British colony and current state of Australia now known as Tasmania.


After the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies Anthony van Diemen, who sent Abel Tasman on the voyage on which Tasman discovered the island. (Wiktionary)


  • Flinders must have been strongly reminded of his experience in the Norfolk in Bass Strait, when the rush of the tide from the south showed that the north-west corner of Van Diemen's Land had been turned, and that the demonstration of the Strait's existence was complete.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • “In the morning (9th April) we unmoord and stood for sea between Van Diemen's Land and New Holland.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • Arctic explorer, Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) 1837 to 1844, died 1847. 2.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • The northern trend of the coast for a time aroused apprehensions that there was no strait after all, and that the northern shore of Van Diemen's Land might be connected with the coast beyond Westernport.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • A third main subject for elucidation when Flinders entered upon this work, was whether the country known as Van Diemen's Land was part of the continent, or was divided from it by a strait not yet discovered.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • Thistle had been one of Bass's crew in the whaleboat; he had been on the Norfolk when Van Diemen's Land was circumnavigated; and he had taken part in the cruise to Moreton Bay.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders


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