The Hobart Town Gazette. Saturday, June 10, 1826. W. H. HAMILTON, acting Colonial Secretary.

The Hobart Town Gazette. Saturday, June 10, 1826.

Hobart: George Terry Howe, 1826.

Bifolium, 4 pp.

Runaway convicts 'basking on the sunny beach'

An unusually exciting issue: we learn of bushrangers aided by convicts escaped from a gang working on Maria island, and the dissolute life led by runaway convicts. Indeed, the best part of an entire page is devoted to the runaways, who are accused of coercing Aboriginal women: 'every other labour is performed by the native women, whom these unprincipled men carry off from the main, and compel to hunt, work, and fish, an do every other menial service; while they themselves sit on the beach and smoke, drink and sleep by turns, occasionally perhaps rousing to kill a young seal while basking on the sunny beach.'

An unusually exciting issue: we learn of bushrangers aided by convicts escaped from a gang working on Maria island, and the dissolute life led by runaway convicts. Indeed, the best part of an entire page is devoted to the runaways, who are accused of coercing Aboriginal women: 'every other labour is performed by the native women, whom these unprincipled men carry off from the main, and compel to hunt, work, and fish, an do every other menial service; while they themselves sit on the beach and smoke, drink and sleep by turns, occasionally perhaps rousing to kill a young seal while basking on the sunny beach.'
Other matters are more pedestrian, one notice pleads for parents to have their children inoculated against the pox as 'a safeguard against such a scourge upon the Human Race' We also learn of the excitement of new vegetable crop seeds arrived from England, the float of Van Diemen's Land company shares, shipping news, notices of goods newly imported and now for sale, government contracts and tenders, and the like.

Price (AUD): $750.00  other currencies     Ref: #4107423

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