Aboriginal domestic service

Aboriginal domestic service. While Aboriginal people still outnumber Europeans at the Hunter River during 1827, they willingly assist the newcomers in exchange for desired goods: “The black population is as great, if not greater, than the white which cannot be said of any other place in the Colony – They carry wood and water, and in short are the willing servants of the lowest classes, and look for their reward in small pieces of tobacco or a cob of corn”. (Australian newspaper, 31 January 1827, quoted in Hartley, p87).