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Download PDF by Ian Clark, Toby Heydon: A Bend in the Yarra: A History of the Merri Creek

By Ian Clark, Toby Heydon

ISBN-10: 0855754699

ISBN-13: 9780855754693

The Yarra Bend Park marks some of the most vital post-contact areas within the Melbourne metropolitan region, and is of significant value to Victorian Aboriginal humans, rather the Wurundjeri Aboriginal neighborhood. At this web site used to be positioned the Merri Creek Aboriginal institution, the Merri Creek Protectorate Station, the local Police Corps Headquarters and linked Aboriginal burials.The position has additional value within the early 21st century, as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australian handle the legacies of our touch past.


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South of the Yarra [River]’. This place was frequented throughout August and September 1847 (Thomas, 30/11/1847 in VPRS 4410, Item 102). Camps at Turruk (today’s Toorak), Worrowen and Euro-yoroke were recorded by Thomas from 1841 onward. 32 5. MERRI CREEK PROTECTORATE STATION From 1843–1850, government expenditure on the Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate was significantly reduced. Funding cuts resulted in reductions of Protectorate staff numbers, and Thomas and Parker were the only two of the original four assistant protectors to retain their positions.

The exact location of this land is not known, but a general location near Pentridge is likely. This is supported by a reference in Smyth (1878 Vol. 1: 160) to Thomas’s ‘farm at Pentridge’. On 14 February 1844, Thomas moved to Pascoeville (VPRS 4410, Item 79). During November 1845, the Thomas family suffered the tragedy of Susan’s death (then aged 17) by drowning in a waterhole in Merri Creek (Robinson Jnl 16/11/1845). In 1847, William Thomas was resident at Moonee Ponds (Sands and McDougall 1847), where, in February 1848, Aboriginal people from the west and northwest of Melbourne camped (Thomas 1/3/1848 in VPRS 4410, Item 104).

In June 1847 it became the property of W. H. Budd. In 1848 Thomas Jnr married a Miss Dredge, a daughter of former Assistant Protector James Dredge. He died in Balwyn in 1909. The Yarra River at Melbourne During the late 1830s, the land directly opposite the settlement, later Melbourne’s city centre, south of the Yarra River, was a camping and meeting place frequented by Aboriginal people. In March 1839, at least three ‘corroborees’ were staged in Melbourne. On these occasions dancing and wrestling were common pastimes.

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