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AN UGLY WAR – BRITAIN VERSUS ‘THE OTHER’

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

‘Phillip was authorised to see to the defence of the colony…Military and police raids against dissenting Aboriginal groups lasted  from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries…These raids had commenced by December 1790′. Professor Bruce Kercher, History of Law in Australia, Allen and Unwin, 1995

Manly Beach – 2016 – September:  FAKE NEWSROAD RAGE. Cars were caught in grid-lock as Sydney-siders drove across the Harbour and Spit Bridges to Manly where a whale – as big as a bus –  was stranded on the sand.

Manly Beach – 1790 September 7: REAL NEWS – Excited local Aborigines gathered to marvel at the ‘tremendous monster’. The appearance of their totem was greeted with ‘rapture’ for, after an extremely difficult winter, it flagged Spring and the return of abundance.

The stranding proved to be  a tipping point in the near annihilation of a free people, Australia’s First Nations’ Peoples. See: Arthur’s Algorithm – ‘infuse universal terror’ open – sesame

Governor Phillip’s naval career began harpooning whales in the Arctic, armed now with a pistol, dirk’ and a bottle or two of fine French reds Governor Phillip,  was rowed across to Manly where he met up again with Bennalong.

The previous year (November 1789) on Phillip’s orders  Bennalong had been kidnapped. He spent six (6) months in captivity before escaping in May 1790.  See: Manly Location, Location, Location

‘[The governor] uncorked a bottle, and poured out a glass of it, which the other [Bennelong] drank off with his former marks of relish and good humour, giving for a toast, as he had been taught “the King”. Marine Captain Watkin Tench, Sydney’s First Four Years, ed. L.F. Fitzhardinge, Angus and Robertson, 1961 

A little way off a group of ‘other’Aborigines – stood watching this strange pantomime.

‘A native [Wileemarin] ‘with a spear in his hand came forward.  His excellency held out his hand…advancing towards him…the nearer, the governor approached, the greater became the terror and agitation of the Indian. 

To remove his fear [of kidnap] governor Phillip threw down a dirk, he wore at this side…the other alarmed at the rattle of the dirk…and probably misconstruing the action, instantly fixed his lance, aimed [it] with such force and dexterity striking the governor’s right shoulder, just above the collar bone’.  Tench. ibid. See: Kidnapped – Manly What’s In A Name§

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