Attacks continue

At least 26 whites have been killed along the banks of the Hawkesbury. There are many more Aboriginal deaths. At one stage 60 soldiers are sent out “to destroy all Aboriginal people they can meet and drive them utterly from the Hawkesbury.” Some estimates put Aboriginal deaths at 200.

Sometimes Koori children are taken after attacks on clan groups, ‘rescued’ by settlers and soldiers (they seldom become parents in the caring sense). They claim that the children are orphans whom they have rescued from the bush after their older relatives were killed. A generation of black children is growing up in white households. They are often treated as servants. Karskens, The Colony, p. 465

  • Hawkesbury river William Charles Piguenit
  • Koori nurse maid for baby Reuben near Sackville Reserve