Bungaree, Burigon and Aboriginal Newcastle

State Library of New South Wales: Scholar Talk

During the years of the convict penal station at Newcastle (1804–23) Aboriginal people continued to live in and around the outpost, coming and going at will. Their presence was used by the colonial authorities as one form of unofficial control over the convicts, with guides and trackers in constant use to catch bolting convicts. They were also considered, on some levels, to be friends and comrades by the various commandants who ruled over the settlement. This talk takes a closer look at some of the more familiar Aboriginal residents and visitors to Newcastle, including Bungaree and Burigon. It will examine their close connection to the area and relationships with those who lived there.

About the speaker: Dr Mark Dunn is a public historian and former chair of the Professional Historians Association of NSW and ACT. He has spent two decades investigating the history, heritage and archaeology of the Hunter region. His first book, The Convict Valley: The Bloody Struggle on Australia’s Early Frontier will be published by Allen & Unwin in June 2020.

Aborigines resting by camp fire, near the mouth of the Hunter River, Newcastle, NSW, ca. 1817 by Joseph Lycett [https://nla.gov.au:443/tarkine/nla.obj-138500420]


When: Tuesday 7 July 2020, 11am – 12pm
Where: Online
Cost: Free


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