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Letter from GF Story to J Bonwick about an Aboriginal attack at Kelvedon, East Coast Tasmania c 1829

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Story, George Fordyce (1829) Letter from GF Story to J Bonwick about an Aboriginal attack at Kelvedon, East Coast Tasmania c 1829. University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection, Australia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A draft letter, from GF Story to James Bonwick (c. 1829) about an attack by Aborigines on workmen in Kelvedon. A copy of the letter may or may not have also been forwarded to George Augustus Robinson. The letter describes an attack by aborigines on 3 workmen clearing land to build a Kelvedon house in 1829. Story reflects that it was not safe to travel without a gun at this time, reflecting the atmosphere of the period. Story also describes the periodical visits of Aboriginal tribes to the 'sea coast', who hunted kangaroo and 'oppossums' while the women dived for shell fish. He observes that the Tasmanian tribes did not eat other fish, as no fish bones appeared in their fires. Story compares this apparent taboo with the fact that the South Australian aborigines were 'prejudiced' against eating native currants. From Cotton Family Papers C7/127

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Keywords: Tasmania, social history, Australia, George Augustus Robinson, James Bonwick, Aborigines, Kelvedon, frontier conflict, black war, Aboriginal history, George Fordyce Story, Dr GF Story, 1829, 1820s, 1830s, Aboriginal diet, ethnography, South Australian Aborigines, colonial travel, Francis Cotton, waddies, weaponry, Aboriginal raids, kangaroo dogs, Van Diemen's Land, VDL, guns, guns in early colony, Oyster Bay
Publisher: University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
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Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2007 05:52
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:23
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2228
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