Biraban helps Threlkeld clear land for his family’s home

John M’Gill (Biraban) guides Rev L.E. Threlkeld to Reid’s Mistake and becomes his constant companion. Together with Dismal and others, Biraban helps Threlkeld clear the land for his family’s home and mission farm: “Our workmen accompanied the natives Mac’gill Dismal and another one went to fall trees to make room for the erection of our house and prepare for planting some Indian corn. The natives appear anxious for our settling out here” (Threlkeld’s account of Mission to Aborigines of NSW, 16 October 1824, in Blair, 2003, p50).