Distribution of blankets -1850

The annual blanket distribution list records a total of 64 Aborigines living in the greater Sydney region from Wollongong in the south, Georges River in the west, and Port Stephens in the north. It lists 3 members of the “Lake Macquarie Tribe”: Billy Blue, John and Mary Emu. It lists Bob Roberts as the only member of the “Brisbane Water Tribe”. It does not record any Aboriginal people as receiving blankets in the Hunter Valley or Hawkesbury River districts. ("1850 Distribution of Blankets," The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 May 1850).