News of Yesteryear.
2nd June 1802
The aboriginal resistance fighter, Pemulwuy, was shot and killed by Henry Hacking. He was decapitated and his head, preserved in spirits was delivered to Governor King who send it to Sir Joseph Banks in England. When he received his gift, Banks wrote to King – “The manifold packages you have had the goodness to forward to me have always, owing to your friendly care in addressing and invoicing them, come safe and in good condition to my hands. Among the last was the head of one of your subjects, which is said to have caused some comical consequences when opened at the Customs House, but when brought home was very acceptable to our anthropological collectors, and makes a figure in the museum of the late Mr. Hunter, now purchased by the public.”
There are many WebPages on the Internet about Pemulwuy. Three sites that detail the war between white and black from 1788, the massacres committed and the decline of the indigenous population are-
- List of massacres of Indigenous Australians en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_of_Indigenous_Australians.
- Hiding the bodies:-The myth of the humane colonisation of Aboriginal Australia. At PDF file created from a TIFF image by tiff2pdf-The Koori History www.korrieweborg/foley/resources/pdfs/41pdf
- Incidents between Aboriginal people in NSW and the British Colonisers 1792-1809. k6boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/hsie/back09a.pdf
- The myths of frontier massacres in Australia- The Sydney Line www.sydneyline.com/massacres%20Part%20One.htm.
The last site gives a counter point of view.