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Tens of thousands of years ago, the first Tasmanians walked here across the land bridge from mainland Australia. When sea levels rose after the last Ice Age, Tasmanian Aborigines were isolated for 10,000 years until Europeans arrived and settled in the beginning of the 19th century. Today's Tasmanian Aboriginal community retains strong links to the land. On many Tasmanian coasts there are Aboriginal midden sites, where generations of people cooked shellfish meals – please respect these special places and leave them undisturbed. To gain some insights into the Tasmanian Aboriginal community's view of life and land, visit the Tiagarra Centre on Devonport's Bluff.