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Transcript of SATURDAY, Windradyne
BATHURST WAR Part 1
WINDRADYNE - ABORIGINAL WARRIOR
Windradyne was a fierce Aboriginal warrior, in fact he was the leader of a group of aborigines in NSW, who staged a rebellion against the English settlers. His early life was unknown as no one knew exactly about his date of birth. When he died in 1829, it was said he was about 30, so he was approximately born in the year 1800.
FIRST CONTACT PART 1
British settlers came to Port Jackson (Sydney) a few years ago and met some native resistance, but were cut off to Windradyne's clan the Wiradjuri by the Blue Mountains. Several explores followed aboriginal trails towards a gap through the mountains and they reported fertile land. The governor once hearing of this, sended his surveyor 'George Evans' to check. Evans comfirmed the findings of the explorers and ordered a road to be built through the Mountains.
Bathurst WAR Part 2
The English settelers came out with various ways to subdue the Aboriginals, they left food out (which was poisened) for the taking. Some of the settlers also killed some of Windradynes family (unknown). Windradyne wanted revenge, and one night led a group of warriors to kill Samuel Terry and six others, they succeded and went into hiding again. Several raids followed as more buildings were destroyed and people killed.
Windradyne had three other names he was known by. Saturday, Windrodine and Windradene where his other names. He was described as a handsome fierce warrior, with a spear in one hand and his piercing vengeance in his eye. Many commented that he was a fine Aboriginal figure, one even said that he looked like Apollo! The Greek god.
FIRST CONTACT PART 2
After the road was build, Macquarie travelled and selected the site of Bathurst. Evans recordered in his journal when he was fishing, he saw six aboriginal figures walking by the Macquarie river whom haven't seen him yet. Evans then surprised them and found out that they were two women and four children. They crumbled before him with fear. Evans then suspected that they came for the water, so eventually Evans gave the Aborigenes Fish, some Fish Hooks, Twine and a Tomahawk. He had fun with them and found the Aborigenes good humored.
Macquarie then met with three of the Wiradjuri people, near the current site of Bathrust. Macquarie gave the best looking and strongest of them a yellow piece of cloth in exchange for his mantle. At that time (1814) Windradyne could have been one of the three men, Some things remain unknown.
Soon after the war between the aborigenes against the English sttelers began. Windradyne as their leader led small raids on isolated farmers, killing, stealing and looting what they could find. The settlers acted on this and sought to take revenge, they went after Windradyne and captured him. It took six men to restrain him and the help of a musket to knock him out. He was then put in prison for one month, but when he was realeased the violence dipped to a further level.
In the end, many of Windradyne's clan member surrendered to the goverment and Windradyne decided on peace. He brought the olive branch of peace and a feast was held with the governor. They had to travel nearly 200 kilometres to have this feast.
Windradyne's death was on 24 March 1829 when a clan fight broke out, and Windradyne was brought to the English settler's hospital for his last breath.
After the war, an end came to the fighting and peace was established in this part of NSW all thanks to Windradyne and the goverment.