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date: 26 August 2019

Pemulwoylocked

(c. 1760–1802)
  • Richard Broome

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Pemulwoy (c. 1760–1802), Aboriginal warrior, was a member of the Bediagal band of the Dharug people, whose lands occupied the head of Botany Bay, 6 miles south of the Port Jackson convict settlement.

Within months of the first fleet's arrival in January 1788 wary Dharug–British relations degenerated into avoidance and violence. A thousand newcomers, equal to their own number, rent the Dharug's world. Competition for resources eased only momentarily in April 1789, when smallpox killed half the Dharug. On 10 December 1790 ...

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