Tom White Melville Winder and the "Constable"

Tom White Melville Winder at Gosforth gives an Aborigine living on Winder’s property a nickname as the “Constable” as a form of endearment. He takes the term to mean Aborigines who remain about the homestead ground, keeping away “strange blacks” and checking on convict servants. He bestows a breastplate on “Constable” inscribed “King Cobra – Maitland”. “King Cobra” appears on blanket lists as old “Constable” in 1833 and 1836 as Kurba (50 yo). By 1836 Kurba had moved to “Sugarloaf” (Newcastle) or Kuringbong (Cooranbong) “tribe” at Dora Creek. (Ford p81).