Zuytdorp

Zuytdop cliffs 93 #2

What happened to the survivors of the Dutch ships?

In 1839 around the Hutt River area, Lt. George Grey wrote the following in his diary : 

We  passed two villages, or , as the men termed them, towns - the huts of which ....... were very nicely plastered over the outside with clay and clods of turf, so that although now uninhabited, they were evidently intended for fixed places of residence.

In 1848 an explorer, A. C. Gregory had passed through the same area and wrote : 

 I explored the country where the Dutchman had landed and found a tribe whose character differed considerably from the average Australian. Their colour was neither black nor copper, but that peculiar colour that prevails with a mixture of European blood

I was much surprised to find in some of the old natives [at Champion Bay] features nearly approaching the European type, although these parts have been settled but a few years

From Perth Gazette Friday 8 August 1861

From Champion Bay (Geraldton) we hear that a tribe of natives have made their appearance at the easternmost sheep stations upon the north branch of tbe Upper Irwin, who differ essentially from the aborigines previously known, in being fairer complexioned, with  light colored hair flowing down upon their shoulders, fine robust figures and handsome features; their arms are spears ten feet in length, with three barbs cut out of the solid wood, long meros with which they throw the spear underhanded. 

A gentleman, who some months since explored the country to a distance of 100 miles north-east of the Irwin, informs us that he found these natives residing there, they were very friendly and gave, through a native interpreter serviceable information as to the country in their neighbourhood.

In 1865, Augustus Oldfield, a pastoralist from the lower Murchison claimed that:

I was much surprised to find in some of the old natives [at Champion Bay] features nearly approaching the European type, although these parts have been settled but a few years



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