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The real Early Australian history

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The real Early Australian history

The following extract is from a book written by a member of the First Fleet. It is called

 

An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, Volume 1 by Collins and King

and can be found at

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/12565/12565-h/12565-h.htm

The colony had been going for five years and had settlements in Sydney and Parramatta. The following was written about the Aborigines. Note that thieves were not to be killed in the first paragraph. In the second paragraph note that Aborigines stayed in the colony and did jobs for the settlers and were rewarded. In particular they liked being rewarded with bread.

Much is written these days by individuals who have not read any of the early history of the colony or if they have, they prefer to ignore it. They prefer to convey a message of warfare between the settlers and the Aborigines. Both men and women from the local Aborigines had friendly contact with the settlers and who could blame them when they could choose between knowing where tomorrow’s meals were coming from, shelter from the weather, clothes, and not having to worry about being beaten up, speared or killed by your own kind.

Tis extract is from 1793 June

The natives had lately become troublesome, particularly in lurking between the different settlements, and forcibly taking provisions and clothing from the convicts who were passing from one to another. One or two convicts having been wounded by them, some small armed parties were sent out to drive them away, and to throw a few shot among them, but with positive orders to be careful not to take a life.

Several of these people, however, continued to reside in the town, and to mix with the inhabitants in the most unreserved manner. It was no uncommon circumstance to see them coming into town with bundles of fire-wood which they had been hired to procure, or bringing water from the tanks; for which services they thought themselves well rewarded with any worn-out jacket or trousers, or blankets, or a piece of bread. Of this latter article they were all exceedingly fond, and their constant prayer was for bread, importuning with as much earnestness and perseverance as if begging for bread had been their profession from their infancy; and their attachment to us must be considered as an indication of their not receiving any ill treatment from us.

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