Aboriginal Convicts: Australian Khoisan and Maori Exiles

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 336 pages
Author: K. Harman
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781742233239
Other: b&w & colour photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: NewSouth Books

Bulldog and Musquito, Aboriginal warriors from the Hawkesbury, were captured and sent to Norfolk Island following frontier skirmishes in New South Wales. Eventually, Bulldog seems to have made it home. Musquito was transported to Van Diemens Land, where he laboured as a convict servant. He never returned.

Hohepa Te Umuroa was arrested near Wellington in 1846, with a group of Maori warriors. Five of the men were transported to Van Diemens Land where Te Umuroa died in custody. More than 140 years later, his remains were carried home to New Zealand.

Booy Piet, a twenty-six year-old Khoisan soldier from the Cape Colony, was transported to Van Diemen's Land for desertion in 1842. After three years of convict labour, he died in Hobart General Hospital.

These men are among 130 aboriginal convicts who were transported to and within the Australian penal colonies. They lived, laboured, were punished, and died alongside other convicts, but until this groundbreaking book, their stories had largely been forgotten.


Part 1. New South Wales
1. Banishing Musquito, Bull Dog and Duall
2. Diverging destinies
3. Jackey's pitiful state
4. Dancing in defiance
5. Exiled to Goat Island
6. Driving out the white fellows
7. The hanging judge
8. Exemplary punishments at Port Phillip
9. Sentences to 'instill terror'
10. Aboriginal deaths in custody
11. A less destructive alternative

Part 2. The Cape Colony
12. From the 'Cockatoo of Cape Town' to Sydney
13. Indicted from the crime of theft
14. Mutiny and desertion
15. 'Black Peter' the bushranger

Part 3. New Zealand
16. In open rebellion
17. A merciful alternative
18. Repatriating Hohepa Te Umuroa, 1988


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