“Tom, ploughman” works for George Wndham

We do not know if the “Tom, ploughman” that George Wyndham paid for his labour during 1833 was Aboriginal or not. But we do know that whatever labour Wyndham did hire, was quite cheap. For one week’s hard labour, Wyndham paid Tom in tobacco, tea, sugar, flour, beef and five shillings. (Wyndham Diary notes, 21 June 1833 and 1 April 1833, SLNSW. Quoted in Driscoll, The Beginnings of the Wine Industry, 1969, 27-29).