Topics: Government policy

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West - view

he and his brother were fostered to a non-Aboriginal family shortly after he was placed in a home at the age of four

West - view

Marella Boys Home where he was taken at the age of 4.

North West - view

owned by Aboriginal people and recognised as an Aboriginal Place through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH).

1790 - North Coastal - view

A stockade is built at Woodford Bay, Lane Cove, by soldiers to protect convict grass-cutters and timber-getters from Aboriginal attack. Pemulwuy, a feared Koori warrior and leader, is said to have led attacks on it.

1798 - North Coastal - view

This sort of war lasted about 12 months at which time an order from England arrived respecting their behalf, and then the scene was reversed for instead of shooting or killing them (Aborigines) the orders were given for no one to molest them unless they were committing some depredation. The cause of the war began about some sheep which stock-keepers said the natives had speared… they revenged themselves by killing one of the stock keepers. (Morris 1978)

1799 - North Coastal - view

Two Aboriginal boys are killed near Windsor by five Hawkesbury settlers. A court martial finds them guilty but refers sentencing to the Secretary of State for the Colonies and the men are released on bail. The court is told that the boys were tortured then murdered as revenge for the death of Simon Freebody. Many months later, the men are set free

1803 - North Coastal - view

Governor King is able to report “all quiet” on the Hawkesbury in May, though isolated raids still continue all along the river.

1805 - West - view

orders that the settlers be required to assist each other in repelling visits and if any settler harbours natives he will be prosecuted for a breach of the Public Order

1805 - North Coastal - view

Governor Macquarie gives a government General Order that The natives in different parts of the out-settlements have in an unprovoked … manner lately committed the most brutal murder on some defenseless settlers … the government has judged it necessary for the preservation of the lives and properties … to distribute detachments from the NSW Corps. (ie soldiers) (Karskens 2009, ch 13)

1805 - North Coastal - view

Aboriginal people try to defend their land and kill colonists. On 20 July, Judge Advocate Richard Atkins rules that Aboriginal people “are at present incapable of being brought before a criminal court, and that the only mode at present when they deserve it, is to pursue them and inflict such punishment as they merit”. (Foley 2001)

1805 - South West - view

Magistrates

1806 - West - view

presented with a plaque ‘King of Mount Tomah’

1810 - West - view

Aboriginal tracker

1810 - South West - view

land grants

1811 - South West - view

Macquarie acknowledges the Indigenous names of several places

1812 - South West - view

Governor Macquarie grants large tracts of land

1814 - South West - view

General Order

1814 - South West - view

A militia

1814 - South West - view

soldier revenge party

1814 - North Coastal - view

Macquarie notes that “some idle and ill disposed Europeans had taken liberties with (Aboriginal) women, and had also treacherously attacked and killed a woman and her two children whilst sleeping, and this unprovoked cruelty produced retaliation whereby persons perfectly innocent of the crime lost their lives”. ( Historical Records of Australia vol 8, pp. 250-251)