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SMALLPOX & DEAD ABORIGINES DON’T EAT

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

‘Before leaving Botany Bay Phillip had messages painted on the rocks of Bare Island near which the Fleet had been moored, to guide the ships which Phillip believed were following closely from England, around to Sydney Cove. Bruce Mitchell, The Australian Story and Its Background, Cheshire Press, 1965

1787 – 13 May, Portsmouth: A large convoy eleven (11) ships commanded by Captain Arthur Phillip RN, with a complement of fifteen hundred (1500) souls – one-half of whom were convicted criminals (580 male – 193 female) – sailed from England to New Holland now Australia.

‘In determining the daily ration no distinction was drawn between the marine and the [male] convicts …the standard adopted was that of the troops serving in the West Indies’. Wilfrid Oldham, Britain’s Convicts to the Colonies, ed. Hugh Oldham, Library of Australian History, 1990‘. See: All The King’s Men

 

1788 – 20 January, Botany Bay: Between 18-20 January 1788 the fleet known in Britain and Australia as the ‘First Fleet’, anchored in Botany Bay.  See: Lieutenant William Dawes & The Eternal Flame

‘While the seine was hauling some of them [Aborigines] were present…No sooner were the fish out of the water than they began to lay hold of them as if they had a right to them, or that they were their own’. Dr John White, Chief Medical Officer, First Fleet Journal, Oxford City Press, 2011

1788 – 26 January, Port Jackson: Six (6) days later – 26 January – the fleet sailed nine (9) miles – 14 km – north to Port Jackson and anchored in Sydney Cove where military and naval bases established sea-supremacy over the southern oceans  guaranteeing Britain a blockade breaker, that is, safe alternate strategic, logistical routes to and from India, Asia and China in time of war and trade routes in peace-time.

‘New Holland is a good blind, then when, we want to add to the military strength of India’. Anon. Historical Records of New South Wales.

1788 – 6 February, Sydney: One thousand (1000) English men and two hundred and twenty-one (221) English women had disembarked at Sydney Cove by the 6th February 1788 and there they remained condemned to the ‘misery and horror’ of absolute isolation.

Abandoned and left to slow unremitting starvation they would not see another English ship or hear a word from England until June 1790.  See: Abandoned and Left To Starve Sydney January 1788 to June 1790

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