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MONCRIEFF, William Thomas (1794-1857)

Van Diemen’s Land; or, Tasmania in 1818. A drama, in four acts. By William Thomas Moncrieff. First performed at the Surrey Theatre, February 10th, 1830.

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London : John Dicks, [1852]. Series: Dicks’ Standard Plays No. 918. Small octavo (185 x 125 mm), illustrated self-wrappers, pp. 27, [5 publisher’s ads.]; a fine example.

An obscure operatic melodrama by London playwright William Thomas Moncrieff that was loosely based on accounts of the notoriously violent Tasmanian bushranger Michael Howe, who met his end when he was clubbed to death by his pursuers near his hut on the banks of the Shannon River on 21 October 1818. (Howe’s severed head was placed on display in Hobart Town). Among the dramatis personae is one “Ben-ni-long, Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe, or Aboriginals of Van Diemen’s Land”.

Ferguson, 17031.

Rare. Trove locates only the NLA copy.