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Original Documents on Aborigines and Law, 1797-1840

Document 31

Original Document 31

Mr. Brooks Esq to R Scott - black depredations, complaining of theft: 27 February 1829


[108]

Dalziel , Hunters River

27 Febry 1829

Sir,

Of late the Blacks have stolen a considerable quantity of corn from me, and yesterday they were observed on the west side of the creek making observations.   Today they are assembled in great numbers armed, in the same place, I certainly am not aware whether you can take any steps to prevent to continuance of their ravages, but as they assume a menacing appearance, I think it my duty to inform you as the nearest magistrate. I am Sir

Your most obedient servant

W Brooks

R Scott [etc]

[109]

P. S. I find they were in the corn field today, and by overseer to frighten them, fired over their heads when several of them, aimed their spears at him.

Baboon

Long Larry of Mr. Macleaods

Jerry

Jacky King

Toby King

Jackass    }     These are the names of those we know.

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[ illeg letter from Scott to Brooks: see pg 112]

Published by the Centre for Comparative Law History and Governance of Macquarie University, and State Records NSW