By the 1830s hunters were already being offered financial incentives by a pastoral business called the Van Diemen's Land Company, for every Thylacine killed on its land. The last Tasmanian tiger in captivity died at the Hobart Zoo in 1936. The species was declared officially extinct in 1986.
To the convicts arriving in Van Diemen's Land, it must have felt as though they'd been sent to the very ends of the earth. In Tasmania's Convicts, Alison Alexander tells the history of the men and women transported to what became one of Britain's most notorious convict colonies. Image credit: Alison Alexander #convictism #tasmania