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There is no evidence to support this assertion, and Jorgenson was known for gross exaggeration. 9 Diplomatic efforts were made to have Musquito repatriated. On 17 August 1814, New South Wales Colonial Secretary Thomas Campbell wrote to Lieutenant Governor Davey in Van Diemen’s Land: Application having been made by some of the Natives of this District on behalf of A Native formerly banished … by the late Governor King to Norfolk Island and who was lately removed from thence to Port Dalrymple on the final evacuation of that Island, soliciting that He might be returned to his Native Place, His Excellency has been pleased to Accede to said Solicitation.

Indd 41 23/07/12 3:34 PM I New South Wales Jackey sometimes traded their labour with the free men and convict workers employed on the stations. For fetching wood and water, they received small quantities of tobacco or other European commodities such as tea, flour and sugar. Aboriginal women and children were constantly to be seen about the colonists’ huts in Newcastle: ‘it was quite common to see a black woman dressed up with an old gown or cap, and dandling in her arms the infant of a white woman; while others, especially young girls, frequently assisted their white neighbours at the wash-tub’, Dawson wrote.

Indd 28 23/07/12 3:34 PM Diverging destinies Howe’. Sorell regularly sent out detachments of the colonial garrison to scour the countryside for Howe. 5 Historian Christine Wise stated that ‘amongst the “volunteers” were Musquito, another Aborigine from Sydney called Dual [sic] and two convicts named Worrell and McGill’. If Duall did indeed volunteer, there seems to be no surviving evidence in the archive to confirm this. What is apparent, however, was that a number of blacktrackers were utilised in the search for the elusive bushranger.

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