A lesson learnt

Editor’s Note

There are a lot of indicators, clues and evidence that there was integration by the natives with European sailors but in the ensuing period of 170 years, 7 generations from 1656 to 1830,without a written history, the story did not emerge as a ready tale.

This was because the British occupation was not interested in Aborigines nor foreign sailors.
The story of blond haired, blue eyed natives is wellknown and it has been acknowledged as a link with marooned sailors.

Had the early setllers taken more notice of the native people and their culture, instead of enslaving them, they might have learnt a trick or two. The Aborinal method of geneology alone is simple but effective and

prevents inbreeding, thus weakening the tribe. The mother’s name is the key to tracking a boy or girls origin when it comes to marriage, even nowadays.

This was at a time that in Europe inbreeding was very common. It makes one wonder who really were the ‘savages’?

A lot of work is being done by the members to piece it all together until a fuller picture of our history emerges.

Because some sites to be inspected are on private land this can present a bit of a problem.
Property owners are weary of tourists, souvenir hunters and media people crawling all over the place.

This is still a challenge ahead of us. 

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