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Nangami Dreaming

Eighteen years of Nangami

January 25th 1788 Captain Arthur Phillip raises the Union Jack at Sydney Cove. Resistance from the Iyura flares within days of landing.

29th May open conflict takes place between occupants of the First Fleet near what is referred to today as Rushcutters Bay, two convicts were speared and killed. December the first prisoner of war was captured, Arabanoo. Surviving weeks in captivity before contracting small pox and passing away. Governor Arthur Phillip would later name the area in which he had been apprehended as Manly, writing that it was out of respect for the perfect physical specimen of the Gameragal Mulla Arabanoo.

April 1788 A Small Pox epidemic decimates the Wungal iyura of Port Jackson, Botony Bay and Broken Bay.

1789 Governor Phillip captures two more men of the area, Kolbee and Beenalong. Kolbee was said to be the eldest of the prisoners and refused to co-operate with his captives. Kolbee would eventually take his chance to escape back to his people. Beenalong the younger of the two had also taken his chance to escape though returned to his captives, with him a boy named Yemmerrawanie also traveled to learn more of the strangers.

1790 Beenalong and Yemmerrawanie are taken to England where Beenalong meets King George th' Third. Yemmerrawanie takes ill and passes away in England where he is buried.

September 1790 Bembulway - Pemulway dispatches of the convict Tilmouth and spears John McIntyre, the Governors Game Keeper. Reports of McIntyre killing two women are based in fact, though on his death bed John McIntyre confesses to hundreds of deaths of Gweagal-Gadigal iyura.

 See also Bennelong