The 110 hectares of land returned to the Aboriginal community in Little Swanport is just one piece of property return the Tasmanian Land Conservancy has facilitated.
While the organisation maintains a primarily nature-based protection focus, it has encouraged the return of Trawtha makuminya in the Central Highlands and King’s Run on the North-West Coast.
Little Swanport couple Jane and Tom Teniswood were inspired to gift back the land to the Aboriginal community this week after discussions with former TLC chief executive Jane Hutchinson.
TLC chief executive Tom Hattam applauded their decision along with their decades spent in the landcare movement.
"While the vision of our organisation is focused on nature conservation, these local partnerships have enabled both natural and cultural values to be protected," he said.
Mr Hattam said the organisation wanted to purchase 150 hectares at Little Swanport for habitat for the endangered swift parrot and hoped to continue work with private landholders and the Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council on this conservation work.
The Luntaytamiriliyuyna tribe were original holders of the land at Little Swanport.
Aboriginal Land Council Tasmania chairman Michael Mansell said Thursday's land handback coincided with the abduction of Pularilpana from the area 200 years ago.
"She was taken to the Bass Strait islands where she became the direct ancestor of many Aboriginal families who exist today," he said.
"So this was her country. In Aboriginal way, she is our mother.
"The wonderful gesture by the Teniswood family has allowed Aboriginal people to come home to our mother's country."
He said hundreds of Aboriginal women and girls were captured, killed and brutally abused by settlers, convicts and sealers, like Purarilpana
Mr Mansell said one of those was Tanalipunya who was abducted from Little Swanport with her two sisters and prostituted by her captor for a fee of one kangaroo skin for a night.
In 1830, she was taken from the islands with two other women to act as guides to the soldiers for the Black Line after which George Augustus Robinson took her on as one of his guides.
Mr Mansell said she eventually married the chief of Tasmania's North-Eastern tribe Manalakina (Mannalargenna before she died in 1835.
A government review to identify barriers for land handbacks, find options to improve the process, and look at land management and governance practices is due for completion mid-year.