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State of Tasmania: Introductory Note

Philip Raworth
Edited By: Philip Raworth

© 2016 Oxford University Press
Tasmania is Australia’s smallest and only island State. It lies 240 kilometers (150 miles) from the Australian mainland, from which it is separated by the Bass Strait. The State encompasses the main island of Tasmania and the surrounding 334 islands. It covers an area of 68,401 square kilometers (26,410 square miles), of which the main island comprises 64,519 square kilometers (24,911 square miles). The population of the State in 2015 was a little over 515,000. The capital is Hobart. Originally occupied by Aboriginals probably for 40,000 years before British...
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