Collection RS176 - The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer

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The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer


  • 1810 (Creation)

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1 framed newspaper (slightly damaged, in double sided frame)

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The first printer in Tasmania, Clarke was government printer from about 1810, when he produced the Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer, to 1814, when he was dismissed by government owing to a dispute while publishing Van Diemen's Land Gazette and General Advertiser.

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David Collins (1756-1810), deputy judge advocate and lieutenant-governor, was born on 3 March 1756 in London, the third child of Arthur Tooker Collins, an officer of marines and later major-general commanding the Plymouth Division, and his wife Henrietta Caroline, née Fraser, of Park, King's County, Ireland. For more information see:

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The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligence, Hobarts first and short lived newspaper was first issued on 8 January 1810. This issue No. 7, 3 April 1810 gives an account of the recent death and funeral of David Collins, Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land. Produced fortnightly by the government printer George Clark/Clarke, there were twelves issues published from 1810 to 1812.

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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

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Read more about George Clark on Sally Bloomfield’s blog:

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