In November 1826, Robert Dawson, Chief Agent of the AA Company led a group consisting of 6 Aborginal men and 3 convicts together with 5 horses and a couple of dogs from the Australian Agricultural Company headquarters at Tahlee on Port Stephens to the area around present day Gloucester and back, taking fourteen days for the round trip.
Dawson documented the trip in detail.
Our plan is to attempt to retrace as much of the trip as possible onto modern maps with the aid of people who know the area and people who are prepared to don their history detective hats and search for clues!
We’ll be publishing your History Search Kit shortly.
In the meantime, go on line and Google this book: The Present State of Australia; a description of the country, its advantages and prospects, with particular reference to emigration: and a particular account of the manners, customs and condition of its aboriginal inhabitants.
Try: Robert Dawson The Present State of Australia on Google Books. Pages 100 to 222 give an outline of the trip.
A Young Teacher’s Experience on a Famous Cattle Station in the 1960s
By David Benson
Some Preliminary Information:
I was posted to my first school in 1964. It was on a cattle station called Cooplacurripa. Just recently, part of my memoirs about the station were published in the Manning Valley Historical Society’s Journal (Number 55 December 2016). The reason for their significance is explained in the following extract (Just click on this. My journal extract is Part 3) :journal-55-coopla
What about the AA Company?
There is an unintentional link between my first teaching posting and the AACo in that Cooplacurripa was part of the first properties taken up by the Company when they departed Tahlee.
Here is a new booklet with an invitation to join in! We particularly welcome responses from Aboriginal readers.Present State Final
This booklet takes a look at Robert Dawson’s encounters with the First Australians in the 1820s. Dawson was the first Chief Agent of the Australian Agricultural Company, but he was sacked within a few years of being appointed. One of the main reasons for his sacking was that the Company thought he had spent too much time with the local Aboriginal population of the Port Stephens area.
The booklet is full of Dawson’s interactions with indigenous people and it seems that many of the features of the relationships between Aboriginal and European Australians had their beginnings back then.
How to participate?
If you know any oral history that reflects the things that Dawson has written about here or in his full book The Present State of Australia (available free as an e-book on Google Books), let us know by making a comment. We’ll include your comments in the next version.
The Permanent Walk Booklet Update aaaWell here it is! This is the online version of the first professionally published Walk Booklet. It’s been updated and extended. The hard copy will be on sale with the Walk for 2015 for $5 and separately for $8.The NCP Final Booklet To order a hardcopy of the booklet, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
This year, the Walk Booklet has been totally revised and will be professionally printed for the first time.
It will be available for walkers and will go on sale at The Karuah Centre hopefully in March.
It will be available on line about a week before this year’s Walk on Sunday 19th April.