XM21_ICDMS_lowres Charles Barrett to Howitt 28 September 1907



Telegraphic Address Pooncarie Mallara Station Wentworth, NSW

Sept 28th 1907

A W Howitt Esqr Metung

Dear Sir Yours of Sept 16th to hand I am close to Police reports as to numbers of blacks in Wentworth + Pooncarie districts i.e numbers of blacks on the Lower Darling in the original state. Old Mrs McLean of Polia told me she had seen them 1200 strong going down on their annual tour to Lake Victoria. The blacks died off from small pox. The blacks told me at that time they died so fast that the living were not able to bury the dead a great many died at another time from measles. The Blacks at the Rufus + Lake Victoria I have no idea but rumour says there was 700 killed at the fight on the Rufus of which you no doubt know the particulars. I know a Black named Warra wonna who what [sic] in the fight. Question No. 3 you will see in the Police reports. The blacks have seen to have intermarried all round. There are or was Lubras from Cobham Lake Mundi

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Mungo Lake Victoria. I have three girls here as house servants their father is a Darling Black from Polia + mother a Murray Black . I was much interested in your inaugural address. I have read about Babbage and Warburton H. Brookes [sic] who with Coulthardt [sic] and Willie Scott were exploring on the Bede Creek and Brooks + Scott fell in with Babbage's party + got a pint of water from him + saved their lives Coulthardt perished Brooks was manager on Moorara for years for my father. When I came on the Darling in '64 Burke + Wills were fresh in peoples memory and they did not speak well of Burke as a bushman. I knew Wright he did 18 months loaf at Culhero till he was or ordered off. Of course you the story of Burke touching Grey on the head with a revelover [sic]. William Maiden is the oldest resident of Menindee and might give you some information you require. All the old Blacks are dead that resided about here. I am suffering from a bad attack of influenza which makes my writing a bit shaky. I am Yours faithfully Charles Barrett P.S Warrego is the local name for Eagle Hawk

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