Maria Island is a UNESCO World Heritage listed Tasmanian convict site, with a long and varied history, and a number of spectacular natural and geological places of interest.
From its original indigenous use, soon after aboriginal people made their way to Tasmania, around 30,000 years ago, through it’s early colonial use as penal outposts and then for agricultural and industrial uses, many historical remnants are visible for visitors to explore.
Since 1971 it was designated as a National Park, with an added calling as a refuge island, helping to protect a number of endangered or ‘of concern’ species. This episode follows it’s story through the ages.
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- Intro/Exit music modified from: ‘Grand Canyon’ by David Löhstana [CCFM Music]
- Sound snippet: Cape barren geese – SOUNDS FROM NATURE @dogadansesler
- Background: Waves on Maria island via freesound – https://freesound.org/people/miscellany/sounds/21731/
(Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts 2008) https://parks.tas.gov.au/Documents/Discussion%20Paper%20-%20Aboriginal%20Cultural%20Heritage.pdf