Item 26 - Maria Island

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Maria Island


  • 1892-1969 (Creation)

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1 bill of parliament and notes

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Maria Island is located off the east coast of Tasmania. The island operated as a convict penal settlement (the second to be established in Van Diemen’s Land) between 1825 and 1832. In 1884, the whole island was leased to Angelo Guilio Diego Bernacchi, an Italian silk merchant. The Maria Island Leasing Act was passed on 24 November 1884 granting Bernacchi a lease from 1 January 1885 for ten years at one shilling a year.
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a) Bill of Parliament to amend the Act to authorise Leasing of Maria Island 1892
b) Notes on Maria Island for the Royal Society of Tasmania, Northern Branch excursion 1969

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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gc August 2018




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