This site is an ongoing archive-in-progress providing a bibliography of source material and biographies of people who lived on or visited the Bass Strait Islands from the 1790s to the 1850s.

The particular focus of the site is  Aboriginal people and those engaged in the sealing trade to the late 1820s. The spelling for people and place names is as found in the referenced accounts.

This project began thanks to the  support of a Creative Fellowship undertaken in 2007 at the State Library of Victoria, Australia.  The project  led to the creation of 350 files/820 mb of research that now needs to be organised and added to this site.

Please post any relevant information that can be added to this site via the comments box [much appreciated].