Topics: Culture

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1828 - North West - view

Threlkeld’s 1828 “return of the Black Natives”

1830 - North West - view

He also instructs his surveyors to use Aboriginal place-names

1831 - North West - view

boriginal sites in surrounding countryside which is thought to have been used as a ceremonial meeting place

1831 - North West - view

Mt Yengo

1832 - North Coastal - view

Prospects for farming are limited due to the rocky nature of the land; it is more profitable to cut timber and gather shells from Aboriginal middens for burning into lime to make mortar for Sydney buildings. Aboriginal burials are sometimes hidden in middens.

1832 - North Coastal - view

Skulls from Aboriginal burials are taken as souvenirs.

1833 - North West - view

fishing in a bark canoe with a shell hook on a line

1834 - 1835 - South West - view

The term Cubbitch Barta or Cubbity Barta or Cobbity Bado all mean white creek

1834 - North West - view

“native chief of Segenhoe” who stands “with forty followers, painted in a most grotesque manner, carrying spears twelve and fourteen feet long and other instruments of war, and eight black boys, each holding a leash of kangaroo dogs…The evening ended with a corroboree”

1834 - North West - view

customs of the Aboriginal clans

1835 - West - view

annual feasts

1836 - West - view


1836 - West - view

throwing-stick [woomera]

1836 - North West - view

Suspended from his neck by a brass chain, he had a half-moon shaped, brass breast plate, with his native and English name, and a declaration of his kingly dignity engraved on it

1837 - North Coastal - view

William Govett travels to the Northern Beaches to make a government report. He describes Koori people fishing from headlands, “With only simple tackle, the Aborigines could catch as many fish as they needed … One Aboriginal caught 8 snapper in less than half an hour”. Govett borrows a line from the man and soon snags it on a rock. The man responds “I believe you hook him rock, murray (very) stupid you”.

1839 - North West - view

“furbish” up their spears, shields, boomerangs and clubs

1839 - North West - view

Hale records the “dialect” spoken by the “natives” between the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie

1839 - South West - view

a corroborree possibly near Camden House in 1839

1839 - North West - view

“The Australian race” is strictly in the “hunter state” while marvelling at the “ingenuity” of Australian “arts”: ascending trees by making notches, using throwing-sticks as javelins, and using the boomerang as a curving missile

1839 - North West - view

Possum skin cloaks are highly valued