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1948 – 1972


The people reported to a visiting Parliamentary Select Committee, who went to the island to investigate the poor conditions there, that they did not want to leave the island. That the area of land bestowed to their ancestors in 1881 was compensation for the loss of their country, the island of Tasmania. 


The CBIs Reserve was extinguished. The hope was that ‘their ‘difference’ would disappear through assimilation into the dominant white population’, however, the people saw this act as ‘cultural genocide’ (Ryan p 303).