Boxal accused of attacking livestock and stealing from settlers in the district

Jago is an Aboriginal man whose country is Brisbane Water. His Aboriginal name is listed as Boxal. He is probably born about 1810. As magistrates struggle to spell Aboriginal names, “Boxal” is spelt in a number of ways: Bogstail and Boogstaale. The first record of Boxal that has been found is dated 7 May 1827. He has received clothing and rugs that are distributed among “forty natives from the District”. Local police magistrate who distributes the items, Willoughby Bean, notes that several receive none due to “bad behaviour”. Boxal is not on this list. Boxal is listed as receiving “slops” during 1831. The situation changes in late-1834. Boxal appears to have been one of many Aborigines attacking livestock and stealing from settlers in the district. His name appears on a list of eighteen Aboriginal men for whom a reward is offered for their recapture for “Robberies and other Outrages” in the District of Brisbane Water. Boxal is captured on 2 January 1835 in a trap set by Constable Moses Carroll and assistants. They are concealed in a hut at Dooralong near Wyong for the purpose of apprehending some of the Black Natives involved in the robberies, who are continually lurking about the bushes near the hut and occasionally asking for milk. Of the six Black Natives that enter the hut, five are considered ringleaders. Boxal, Jack Jones (Potory-Minbee) and Nambo or Nimbo are captured. They are taken to the lock-up at Gosford 2 days later to await transport to Sydney for trial. That same day they escape. However Boxal is recaptured and sent to Sydney to await trial. Boxal is seemingly tried in August 1835. No information on the verdict or sentence has been found to date.

Boxal certainly returns to Brisbane Water and in 1837 is listed as having a wife and two sons. One of the boys dies between 1839 and 1841. A daughter is born in 1842. (Blair, 2003, 59-60).