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1823 - North Coastal - view

James Webb, at Booker Bay on the Central Coast, has a working knowledge of Aboriginal languages. He helps to negotiate with Koories at the Rip and at Booker Bay to clear the forest. Koori men are good at working with saw and axes, women help with feeding animals and working around the farm.

1823 - West - view

punishment for his transgressions

1823 - North West - view

Aboriginal Rock Carvings at Peates Ferry

1824 - North West - view

“great gathering of tribes”

1824 - West - view

Great Gathering

1824 - North West - view

Each group is painted in distinguishing designs and each is headed by a “Chief”. The guilty stand trial by spear and club

1824 - North West - view

Darkinung language

1825 - North West - view

“murri budgel” or very sick

1825 - North West - view

Charlewal and Dick, to dive for mud oysters, and when roasted at the bush fire, they were excellent

1825 - Central - view

They are … the carriers of news and fish; the gossips of the town; the loungers on the quay.

1825 - North West - view

Biraban teaches Threlkeld his tribal lore and language

1825 - North West - view

“The Aborigine, who assists me in obtaining their language, informs me, that there is a being, in the Sugar-loaf Mountains, resembling a man but taller in stature; with arms, legs, face, and hair, very long on the hair, but the feet are placed contrary to the face being behind; and the body hairy, like an animal…He is fierce, devouring men, and often pursuing the Aborigines in the mountains”

1825 - North West - view

Australian Aboriginal Song[s]

1825 - North West - view

Awabakal language in writing

1825 - North West - view

Specimens of a Dialect of the Aborigines of New South Wales

1825 - North West - view

superstitious ceremony…It appears that Berah-bahn [Biraban]…slept with two other Blacks on the grave of [a] girl…from sunsetting to sun rising for the purpose of obtaining ‘The Bone’, the mystic bone used in the mystic ring, and supposed to be in the abdomen of certain persons skilled in curing sickness and in knocking out the teeth with the bone without pair to the sufferer

1825 - North West - view

Be-rah-bahn returned from a ceremony performed in the mountains, which has initiated him into the rights of an Aborigine. – It appears that they burn a large part of the country, then hunt kangaroos, feast upon the shank bones only, after which they pipe clay themselves all over and then everyone must rush at once into the water and bathe themselves clean

1826 - North Coastal - view

The missionary LE Threlkeld publishes Aboriginal poetry from Lake Macquarie in the Sydney Gazette. ( Sydney Gazette , 5 January 1826) Immha, immah va Gnora worrayn na, gash, bah, yah, kummah, hi j (No translation)

1827 - North West - view

Aboriginal Dialect

1827 - North West - view

Some of these farm camps had been in occasional or cyclical use for thousands of years. Kelvinside homestead at Aberdeen, for example, is the site of an important Bora ground