Cunningham writes on Mulgoa workers

Cunningham writes of the Mulgoa people, Many of these men work upon the settlers’ farms at odd jobs throughout the year, and also at harvest of late ... A gentleman of Mulgoa...had, in 1826, 30 acres of wheat reaped by a party of them in 14 days as well as by Whites. They were always out before the Whites in the morning, and were fed and paid a regular price for their labour, the gentleman giving it as his opinion that the chief cause of dislike to work on the part of the Cumberland Blacks is their being cheated by the small convict settlers’. (M. Martin, On Darug Land. An Aboriginal Perspective, 1988, pp. 76-7)

  • Convicts in New Holland