Category Archives: ABORIGINAL MATTERS

ASSISTANCE REQUIRED RE FATTORINI ISLAND AND THE ABORIGINAL SCHOOL

My grandparents were teachers of Aborigines on Fattorini from around 1910 to 1917. Is there any information about the Island at that time. My grandparents were Arthur and Maude Terry. Elaine Morris

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DAWN AND NEW DAWN.

I shall leave the interpretation to the readers – merely pointing out access points.

http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/dawn/docs/v09/s12/25.pdf

During the progressive dances one had the unbelievable
experience of seeing respected citizens of Grafton of
both sexes dancing unrestrainedly with the dark people,
If ever prejudice took a holiday it was on this occasion.

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And it was for Costume and Towels – we could do with more importance paid to swimming here in 2009.

DAWN AND THE NEW DAWN

A STRANGE REFLECTION OF THE TIMES.

http://dawn.aiatsis.gov.au/index.htm

DAWN AND THE NEW DAWN

Dawn and New Dawn were magazines published between 1952-1975 by the New South Wales Aborigines Welfare Board, with the aim of providing interesting information and an exchange of news and views. The Dawn and New Dawn also served as a way for people to keep in contact. Today the magazines are a valuable source of family history information as they include details of births, deaths, marriages and baptisms, as well as hundreds of photographs.

Now, what do you know about Urunga ?
I have just had a letter from Kevin Degges, of Sydney,
and he said he would like to see more in Dawn about
this town. Kevin said, “ I come from Sydney where
I am a junior clerk with the Railways Department,
but I am holidaying here in Urunga, a lovely seaside
resort. I found here a fellow-aborigine, an ex-Alamein
digger named Andrew Boney, who owns a lovely home
in Nambucca Street. A few doors away his father-inlaw,
Mr. Harry Kelly, a wonderful man, and one of
the pioneers of the district. Then next door again,
Mr. Robert Avery and his family. Not to forget the
three well-known boys Kevin Boney, Bruce Brown and
Brian Kelly, all topline footballers. Then there is
Ray Kelly whose tracking instinct has assisted the
police on many occasions. The white folk here in
Urunga do not object to the aboriginal children in the
schools and the older generation attend local housie,
card games, dances and many other activities. This
Urunga is really a town ! ” Well thanks for that letter,
Kevin.

It sounds quite a place

http://dawn.aiatsis.gov.au/index.htm

DEATH OF LAST MALE FULL-BLOOD
The last male full-blood aborigine in the Boggabilla
district, Mr. Bertram Cubby, died in June in the
Mungindi Hospital.
Mr. Cubby, who was 62, was a returned serviceman.
He was a bachelor.
His father, King Bungo (Charlie) Cubby, was a tribal
leader in the Urunga district.
One of his brothers, Mr. George Cubby, was killed
while serving with the Army in 1943.
Another brother, Charlie, lives at Mungindi, and a
sister, Mrs. Lexie Prince, lives at Moree.
It is believed there is now only one full-blood left in
the district, a woman who lives at Toomelah.

http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/dawn/docs/v12/s09/14.pdf

Mr John Lugnan of Urunga has passed a
correspondence: course and received his 2nd Class
Building and Bridge Inspector’s Certificate. The
come took 44 years and represented a mighty
effort as John’s education was very limited.
Originally engaged by the N.S.W. Railways as a
painter, determination kept Mr Lugnan at his
study. Anyone who has ever done part-time
study while holding down a full-time job will
know what this means in sheer effort. The arrival
of the certificate was a happy surprise to the
family because John had kept his activities secret.
As soon as he had passed, he was put on Inspector’s
wages while awaiting a vacancy. However he has
not finished yet. He has already started another
correspondence course to enable him to qual% as
a civil engineer over a period of 3 years. This
will include 6 months face to face instruction at
Sydney Technical College. Pictured are Mr and
Mrs Lugnan with Joseph, Maria, and Rory.
Joseph is in 3rd form at Bellingen High School.

 

http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/dawn/docs/v20/s06/16.pdf

 

AFTER 25 YEARS
Old Friends Meet
During my recent tour of the North Coast, my wife
and I called into a place called Urunga. We stayed
there for a month’s holiday on the seaside reserve. The
reason was that I’d lived up the South Am when a
child and there were people by the name of Kelly who
had four girls and three sons at that time . . . . names
which I’ll always member for we were all good pals.
The girls were Ida, Muriel, Doreen and Madge and
the boys were Stan, Thomas and Richard.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Kelly grew vegetable, and went
in for poultry. The girls’ job were to look after the
farm and their father would cut sleepers and do bush
work.
Quite a few of us boys used to go to the dances and
who were always very nicely dressed. We all made
good friends. Then we moved away down South.
Stan m y (t heir uncle) UJCd to bring dong the girls
This is how I met Ida, as I knew her, again after all
the years. She was walking across the Urunga
football field with Madge. I asked the caretaker who
the ladies were and when she told me, I couldn’t get
around to where she lived quickly enough. My wife
is English and she was so amazed at Ida’s neat home
which is on the Pacific Highway. We talked about
our childhood days. She asked us to have tea on the
Thursday night, when we found a beautiful table set up.
We had a nice baked fowl dinner with lots of sweets.
I was amazed, so was my wife.
I was told later that Ida cooked at the Bellingen
Hospital for ten years.
I’ve never met prettier girls than they were. I also
met two of her cousins called Sadie and Hilda. They
were on holidays from Nambucca.
So, Folks, now I know that my best dance partner is
happily married to a soldier with three happy children
and a home she can ask any white person into any time."
JEFF WESTERLY.

 

http://www1.aiatsis.gov.au/dawn/docs/v08/s09/16.pdf

the SANDERS COME TO KEMPSEY

Jan Maurice descends from AGNES JANE TAYLOR. The parents of Agnes were WILLIAM SANDERS and MARY JANE SKIMMINGS ( Elsewhere recorded as MARY ANN SKIVINGS Name on birth certificate ). Agnes was born the 10th child on 9th July 1869 in Kinchela NSW.

From papers received from JAN and BARRY.

AGNES JANE TAYLOR

AGNES JANE SANDERS

WILLIAM, her father, was an expert ploughman and was brought out to the Colony from DEVON UK for his skills. While in Kinchela he had a keen interest  in rowing and was a champion oarsman who rowed in the Kempsey Regatta 1856 and entered many races. He was also known as Blackberry Bill as he spread the seeds around the Kempsey District.

The youngest brother of Agnes, CHRISTOPHER, was accidentally shot by his brother’s rifle  on 3 January, 1882, when he was 9 years old. Mary  Jane was a midwife in the district.

William died 19 December 1910 age 87 years and Mary died 13 November 1882 aged 52 years.

When Agnes was 22 she was living in “BROMPTON” Anson St Surry Hills. She was a domestic servant married in St Thomas Church of England Willoughby NSW , November 25th 1891 to Charles William Henry ( Bill) Taylor whose address was Appin , the Minister Stephen H Childe.

After the wedding they went to live in Appin on Elladale farm. Brooks Point Road, Appin. Every Saturday, she would drive the horse and sulky to Campbelltown so that their youngest son Barrington Walter could have piano lessons by Miss Vernon, then on Saturday nights he’d play for the local dance when still a teenager taking over from Bessie Dwyer. Their eldest son, William Harold joined the Army in 1916 as a 17 year old and served overseas, marrying Margaret ( Maggie) Yates when he was 21 years in Lancashire England.

Lionel ( Jack) stayed on the farm. Two girls married and moved to Queensland to live another daughter, Ellen, Mrs Gridley.

On the 9th April at 64 years Bill died and was buried in St Marks Cemetery, Appin. No headstone.

When Barrington married Phyllis Abbott in 23 December 1935, Agnes went to the wedding at St John’s Parramatta and the reception at the CAROLLIAN. Her address was Appin.

In her later years, Agnes came to live in Campbelltown with Lionel and his wife in 28 Chamberlain St Campbelltown. her younger sister Sarah with husband Robert Kitchings also lived in Campbelltown and when sarah died 15 February 1946, Agnes Jane was the last of William and Mary’s family alive. She was in her 80s but still did beautiful  crocheting and knitting. Agnes died in Queensland  8th August 1951. Buried in Lutwyche Cemetery.

 

 

http://www.myheritage.com/site-29656891/lynne%27s-heritage-web-site

 

MELINDA KENDALL : HER LIFE AND WRITINGS

ABORIGINAL LANGUAGE

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article639070

The Perth Gazette and… Saturday 31 August 1839, page 139

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article638990

CHARACTER OF THE NATIVES.

THE following is a summary of the character of the natives, from the concluding paragraph of a report made to  his Excellency the Governor by G. F. Moore, Esq., shortly after his Excellency’s arrival in this colony, in answer to some written queries respecting the condition, habits, manners and customs of that people. This sketch is forcibly written, and correctly depicts the native character : http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article638990

ABORIGINAL MATTERS IN THE BELLINGER AND MACLEAY NLA 1800s

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article704109

A PETITION FROM SETTLERS OF THE MACLEAY

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 4 April 1849, page 2

 

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article680322

MURDERS BY THE BLACKS.- Intelligence was received yesterday, in Sydney, from the Bellinger River, dated the 17th inst. stating
that Daniel Devlin, His wife, and Dennis Cheyne, all living on John Robertson’s cedar cutting station, had been inhumanly murdered by the blacks. The same letter also states that a civilized black, who had been living for a considerable time with Commissioner Massie, had been decoyed away and murdered by the Maitland tribe on the M’Leay River. The white population of these districts are said to be out in pursuit of tbe savages. The particulars may be expected in Sydney in a few days. Mrs. Devlin has left a child nine months old. Her parents
reside at the Five Islands.-Herald, Mar. 30. 1846

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article693358

KEMPSEY, MAY 8.-MURDER BY THE BLACKS.

-News has just reached us of a murder recently perpetrated by the blacks of the Bellinger River,

on the person of an old man who had long been a sawyer both at that place and the M’Leay.

The circumstances are as follows : http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article693358

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 1 June 1850, page 4.

BELLINGER NOTES FROM THE NLA NEWSPAPERS

MAY HOLS 08 017

BELLINGEN BRIDGE 2008

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article692605

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE : COASTERS IN 1847.

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BELLINGER CEDAR IN 1847

NORTHERN CEDAR.-On Monday last we noticed the arrival of some extraordinarily large logs of cedar, by the new schooner built at the Bellinger River for Mr. John Robertson, Market Wharf: Since then we have learnt that one-half the cargo (30,000  feet cedar) is the produce of only one tree, the parent of the immense logs first noticed. This interesting specimen of Bellinger produce yielded about 15,000 feet sawn timber, and realised in Sydney upwards of one hundred guineas. The purchase, we believe, has been made for the China market; and as the quality of this cedar is correspondent with its magnitude, it will tend, we trust, to increase the growing repute of Australian cedar with the Celestials.-S. M. Herald, August 19. 1847

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article692605

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article693044

THE SCHOONER . VIXEN. -We are happy to state that this vessel, which has for some

time past been given up by most persons as lost, arrived in the harbour in safely on

Tuesday evening. Captain Stevens informs us, that after leaving this port for Newcastle

on the 17th July, he experienced nothing but heavy gales from the westward, and was

driven to a distance of about four hundred miles off the land, which he did not make

again until the 7th ultimo, when be spoke the ketch Brothers, of Sydney, (being then

off the Bellinger River) in a very distressed state, but could render her no assistance, as

the gale had not abated. Captain Stevens then bore up for the Richmond River, and 

from thence has brought on a full cargo of cedar.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article693881

The new schooner built at the Bellinger River for Mr. John Robertson, and which arrived in Sydney a few weeks since,

has been purchased by Captain Hovenden, of the schooner Harlequin, for the sum of  £905. –

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 1 July 1848, page 2. News 2766 words

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article710635

 

A new three-masted schooner called the Helen arrived in Harbour on Wednesday

last, from the Bellinger River, having been built there by Mr. M’Donald, for Messrs.

Inder and Tebbutt, of Sydney. She is about 90 tons builder’s measurement, and her di-

mensions nr:- 73 feet over keel, 17 feet beam and 7 feet depth of hold. She has on board

45,000 feet cedar

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 26 July 1848, page 3.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article711021

 

The Phoenix, from the Clarence River,

was compelled to seek shelter at the Seal

Rocks on Saturday last, from the southerly

gale, and remained there twenty-four hours.

The schooner Secret, from Moreton Bay, and

the Jane Scott, from the Bellinger River,

were lying there wind-bound on Sunday

morning

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article680322

MURDERS BY THE BLACKS.- Intelligence was received yesterday, in Sydney, from the Bellinger River, dated the 17th inst. stating
that Daniel Devlin, His wife, and Dennis Cheyne, all living on John Robertson’s cedar cutting station, had been inhumanly murdered by the blacks. The same letter also states that a civilized black, who had been living for a considerable time with Commissioner Massie, had been decoyed away and murdered by the Maitland tribe on the M’Leay River. The white population of these districts are said to be out in pursuit of tbe savages. The particulars may be expected in Sydney in a few days. Mrs. Devlin has left a child nine months old. Her parents
reside at the Five Islands.-Herald, Mar. 30. 1846

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article702844

 

The Star of China has made a fair passage of fourteen days from Auckland, notwithstanding she had experienced exceedingly
had weather along the coast. She was off the Bellinger River on the 23rd instant, having been driven out of her course by south-west
winds and strong northerly currents. On Friday last, she was compelled to seek shelter in Seal Rock Bay, where she remained about
thirty hours ; and on Sunday put into Port Stephens, from whence she sailed on Tuesday morning.

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 2 June 1849, page 3.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article700673

The master of the schooner Fama, David
Dennis, was drowned at the Bellinger River,

on the 22nd July, by the capsizing of a boat

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 1 September 1849, page 3.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article695589

THE STEAMER ” PHOENIX.”-A rumour has been in circulation, since the arrival from the

Richmond River of the ketch Pelican, that the Phoenix was on the bar at the Clarence. The

news was communicated by some blacks to one of the passengers by the Pelican, but in the

absence of more authentic information we would hope that the rumour is without foundation.

People’s Advocate, March 16.-Rumours were rife in town last night that the Phoenix steamer,

now 14 days overdue on her return trip from the Clarence to Sydney, had been wrecked on her

passage thither. We give the rumour as it reached us, and believe it to have originated in

a report of the blacks, of their having discovered some bags of flour and other articles of a description likely to have been an up-country cargo, on

the line of coast, floated ashore between the Bellinger and Richmond Rivers-Bell’s Life,

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 20 March 1850, page 2.

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READ ON AT THE LINKS ABOVE FOR MORE BELLINGER TALES. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA. BRAVO !

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more tales of BELLINGEN and the 19th Century in the Colony on :

http://melindakendall.wordpress.com/

KALANG 2008 020 KALANG 2008 021
THE BRIDGE AT GLENIFFER (NAMED BY A CRAIG ANCESTOR) NEVER NEVER CREEK GLENIFFER VALLEY

 

http://www.myheritage.com/site-29656891/lynne%27s-heritage-web-site

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