The decade begins a period of widespread conflicts between Aboriginal groups due to drought, food shortages and economic depression in the settler community. J. Smith, ‘Gundungurra Country’, PhD thesis, 2008, p. 522.

Baptism of Susan Sophaline born 1831 daughter of Nanny and ex convict Richard Barrett at Camden Park. Their other children were: Richard or Dicky who was baptised 1839, Margaret or Peggy born 1841, Mary Matilda born 1845 and James born 1856.


Maria Lock petitions Governor Darling and informs him that : His Excellency has only kept part of the initial promise or marriage portion because she had received a cow but not a grant of land. She states: “That Governor Macquarie gave her brother Coley (Colebee) a small grant of land at Black Town – and as her brother is now dead, your humble petitioner prays that this grant may be transferred to her and her children, or that a small portion of the land may be enabled to feed their cattle, now seven in number, earn an honest livelihood and provide a comfortable home for them selves and their increasing family.” A reply is sent to Robert Lock care of Rev Cartwright, from the Colonial Secretary’s Office. The governor offers ‘an allotment of from 30 to 40 acres as near to their permanent residence as suitable land could be found, upon condition of residing on and continuing to do so for 7 years. Maria receives 30 acres near Liverpool, in the parish of St Luke bounded by Cabramatta Creek and on the east by E. Bunker’s 500 acres. Robert Lock receives a letter informing him that Cartwright has laid claim to the same land. On 22nd October 1832 Robert and Maria Lock receive 40 acres of land, which they name “Glenburn”. It is granted in Robert Lock’s name but held in trust for Maria. She also holds 60 acres at Blacktown.


Peggy is put into service with Robert Campbell, “late with Robert Campbell”. She applies to marry Jonathon Goldspink at Heber Chapel, Narellan (Cobbitty) and are married by Reverend Thomas Hassall in 1832. She moves to Yass, has 7 sons and daughter sand dies at Bago Station Tumbarumba. Jonathon becomes an alderman on Yass town council. Their eldest daughter Ann, marries twice and her second husband is Thomas Conquit, (Corncrake, Cornquade, Corncream) a man of African descent. J L Kohen 2009 (see videos by Neil Sainsbury)


Birth of Joseph Budsworth, son of Kitty and ex convict Budsworth.


Birth of Eliza and William Lock.

1834 - 1835

Nanny is listed on Returns of Aboriginal Natives (blanket lists). She is living with the Camden or Cowpastures people. There are many references to her people in early missionary accounts also in French publications of 1820s. The term Cubbitch Barta or Cubbity Barta or Cobbity Bado all mean white creek. It is derived from two Darug words Cobbiti or Gubbiti (Gubba is derived from this) for white and barta for creek. A place where white clay is gathered for ceremonial use. J L Kohen 2009


Birth of Catherine Waldron her father is Waldran? Mother ‘Aboriginal’. (Kohen 2009)

Birth of Francis Cooman in Liverpool. He is the son of Cooman Chief of the Liverpool clan.

Members of ‘Shoal Haven, Bong Bong and the Kangaroo Ground (Valley) visited the Cowpastures at Liverpool to learn a new song. Groups from all along the coast gathered at Wollongong in 1840. Earlier there was a gathering at Botany Bay 1842’. (Backhouse and Walker in Illawarra and Shoalhaven, 1836 Edgar Beale memorial volume, p 36, note 19)


Baptism of Maria, daughter of Numberri in the Shoalhaven, Parish of Woollongong.


Murrandah (Miranda) dies. A photograph by C. Hest shows a corroborree possibly near Camden House in 1839, with Tommy Bundle, head of the Burragorang tribe seated with spear. Smith, p. 368.

In the Liverpool Blanket List, Namut Gilbert (Tracker) is listed as Chief of Liverpool ‘Tribe’. Gilbert is not listed on the 1841 blanket list. Gilbert has children to three wives. Judith (Ginny Gabba) from Mulgoa, Betsy Giles, a Dharawal woman from the Illawarra and Polly. Judith is the daughter of Chief Merri Merri ( Mary Mary) of the Mulgoa people. Her mother is Judith one of the girls placed in the Parramatta Native Institution in 1816. (see videos by Karen Maber).

Baptism of Balandella at Wiseman’s Ferry at the Presbyterian Church. Her mother is Turandurey who accompanied Surveyor General Thomas Livingston Mitchell, down the Lachlan river. Balendella was welcomed by Mitchell’s family in Sydney but sent to the household of Dr Charles Nicholson in 1837 when Mitchell sails to England. Mrs Kathleen Dansay from Gordon in Sydney’s north writes about Ballandella. “Nicholson was my grandfather’s cousin. Sir Charles sent the girl (Ballandella) up to my grandmother and she was nurse to my mother and aunt. Afterwards she married a man called Barber and lived on the Hawkesbury river near Wiseman’s Ferry”. J Brook 1995