”I have just returned from a wonderful cruise around Tasmania,” reports John Nicol, of Surry Hills.

”On a bus tour of Hobart, the guide was telling us about the history of Tasmania. We were told that there were no Aborigines in Tasmania, but nothing of their 8000-year inhabitation of the island after the inundation of Bass Strait, followed by a paltry 60 years after dispossession.

That was bad enough, but when we were told that the state was named after ‘some British aristocrat called Lord Tasmania’, I was simply stunned.

What’s more, no one said a word.”

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