Topics: Culture: North West

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1828 - view

Threlkeld’s 1828 “return of the Black Natives”

1830 - view

He also instructs his surveyors to use Aboriginal place-names

1831 - view

boriginal sites in surrounding countryside which is thought to have been used as a ceremonial meeting place

1831 - view

Mt Yengo

1833 - view

fishing in a bark canoe with a shell hook on a line

1834 - view

customs of the Aboriginal clans

1834 - view

“native chief of Segenhoe” who stands “with forty followers, painted in a most grotesque manner, carrying spears twelve and fourteen feet long and other instruments of war, and eight black boys, each holding a leash of kangaroo dogs…The evening ended with a corroboree”

1836 - view

Suspended from his neck by a brass chain, he had a half-moon shaped, brass breast plate, with his native and English name, and a declaration of his kingly dignity engraved on it

1839 - view

Malivan, the totemic Eagle Hawk venerated by Aboriginal people as an ancestor

1839 - view

“nung ngnun” (songs) composed by renowned poet, Wullati

1839 - view

“furbish” up their spears, shields, boomerangs and clubs

1839 - view

Hale records the “dialect” spoken by the “natives” between the Hunter River and Lake Macquarie

1839 - view

“The Australian race” is strictly in the “hunter state” while marvelling at the “ingenuity” of Australian “arts”: ascending trees by making notches, using throwing-sticks as javelins, and using the boomerang as a curving missile

1839 - view

Possum skin cloaks are highly valued

1840 - view

messengers are despatched to gather in distant tribes who light signal-fires on mountain-tops to announce their approach to witness the affair of honor

1840 - view

Aborigines dance on a moonlight night on Threlkeld’s mission on Lake Macquarie. Preparing for the midnight dance around the “mystic ring” lit by numerous fires

1840 - view

Darkinjung, Awabakal and Wonnarua dialects

1841 - view

a “blackfellows corroboree held in a paddock opposite a cottage then owned by Mrs Onus at Richmond”

1842 - view

grand corroboree on Wyong Creek at Tuggerah Lake in honour of the visiting Wollombi “tribe”

1842 - view

Well laden with spoil, we arrived at the blackfellow’s camp shortly before dusk, and were agreeably surprised to find that by the forethought of Long Dick, a separate encampment had been prepared for us. It was built of sheets of bark, tent shape, and lined with dry grass; a log to sit on, and wood for a fire