Darug elders meet Governor King

Three Darug elders travel to Parramatta to meet Governor King. He writes, that they do not want “to be driven from the few places that were left on the banks of the river, where alone they could procure food; as they had gone down the river as the white man took possession of the banks; if they went across the white man’s ground the settlers fired upon them and were angry, that if they could retain some places on the lower part of the river they should be satisfied and not trouble the white man …”. King promises that no settlements will be made lower down the river but, unfortunately for the Darug, most of the rich land which both groups treasure, is already granted. Some colonists hold the land without ever having visited it. Karskens, The Colony, pp. 482-3