Some CONTENT of selected TEXTS relating to BASS STRAIT people to 1850

Prickett, Nigel
Trans-Tasman stories: Australian Aborigines in New Zealand sealing and shore whaling
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand
“Other Aborigines in New Zealand include one of five sealers picked up in 1813 after several years stranded on the rock that is Solander Island at the western entrance to FoveauxStrait (McNab 1907:149–150), and a Kangaroo Island woman and two-year-old child who survived the killing of a sealing gang from the General Gates by Maori at Stewart Island, then to live on their own for eight months before being rescued and returned to Sydney in April 1824 (Cumpston 1970:66; Richards 1995:35). A ‘Tasmanian half-caste’ known only as ‘Darkie Coon’ whaled at Mahia and Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay (Lambert 1925:371). There are records of several others. Maori also left home on sealing and whaling voyages. On October 23 1813, five were on the William and Ann at Sydney (Cumpston 1970:36). On the Glory out of Sydney for Port Dalrymple and the seal fishery on October 30 1819 was ‘Jacky Miti (Myty)’ (Cumpston 1970:53), likely to be the same as Tomlins’ headsman on Hunter Island in 1830 (see above).”

Robinson, George Augustus, & Plomley, N. J. B. & Tasmanian Historical Research Association.  1966  Friendly mission : the Tasmanian journals and papers of George Augustus Robinson, 1829-1834 / edited by N.J.B. Plomley Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Hobart
pp:20/8/1830 and 21/8/1830
This evening after taking refreshment, conversed with  Tun.ner.min.ner.wait (PEVAY) respecting the outrage of the sealers upon the  natives between Mount Cameron and Cape Grim. He said he was then a LYHHOONER (Child), that the NUMMER (white men) came with PARLENENE (guns) and that they shot two native men and took away plenty of women, and that he crawled under a bush. McKay said that he heard some of the men that was there relate the circumstances. They said that they got the natives in a small  copse in a angle of the mountains and surrounded them; that one of the native men was up in a honeysuckle tree and threw a spear at one of the men (an Owyee native) and the spear stuck in his  wallaby frock, and that the man then levelled his piece and shot him dead; that another native was shot dead; that they sent out their  women and the sealers picked out seven of the finest and bound them and put them in their boat and took them on board of the schooner and took them away…..Among the women taken away – the sealers affirm they took seven – were Troepowerhear, Niepeekar, Moondapder, Larpeennopuric and Reetarnithbar. [Tunnerminerwait – went to Port Phillip – PEVAY – Jack of Cape Grim – hung for retaliation against 2 sealer/whalers in 1842  – CROOK and YANKEE (who?)].

In October 1829 Robinson was given an account of the sealers in the Straits by two women living at his house in Hobart – named Mary and Fanny
Mary could be Low.he.nun.he and Fanny ? – there were 3 different Fannys [nb: Fanny Cochrane was born at Wybalenna in 1834]



  1. You might also be inerested in the unpublished B. Archaeology Hons (FC) thesis:
    James, Keryn, 2001, ‘Wife or slave? : the kidnapped Aboriginal women workers and Australian sealing slavery on Kangaroo Island and Bass Strait islands 1802-1835’, Flinders University

    • this is interesting can i see more responses

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