Tasmania was the only true genocide in English colonial history

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes is an award-winning epic on the birth of Australia. Well, white colonial Australia anyway. But it’s realistic and doesn’t seem to whitewash the truth. Which was this:

It took less than seventy-five years of white settlement to wipe out most of the people who had occupied Tasmania for some thirty thousand years; it was the only true genocide in English colonial history. By the standards of Pol Pot, let alone Josef Stalin or Adolf Hitler, this was a small slaughter. But not to the Tasmanian Aborigines.

Robert Hughes