Eliza Hamilton Dunlop writes a poem "Aboriginal Mother"

Dunlop’s wife, Eliza Hamilton Dunlop joins her husband the following year. They build and settle into a new home that they call “Mulla Mulla” in Wollombi. Before Eliza’s arrival in Wollombi and amid the public debate about the humanity of Aboriginal people that surrounded the Myall Creek massacre of 1838, Eliza was outraged by these atrocities. She wrote the lament “The Aboriginal Mother”. This poem is remarkable for her use of Aboriginal words. Her poetry is also a deliberate contribution to this debate, intended to mobilise public opinion and bring about better treatment of Aboriginal people.