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The Diary of James Brogden, August 1871 – December 1872

3-4 December 1872

3-4 December 1872

page 113

for Venice, and left at 12 o’clock Dec 3rd.

We had a fair passage and the weather was fine off Cape Howe, which is the division between N.S. Wales and Victoria. It is said the Aborigines on the sea coast at this part are rather dangerous and numerous, - and besides stealing and killing the cattle, do not respect the life of the white man. As a consequence they are not esteemed as neighbours; - and the first thing a run-holder does is to clear the land of these Blacks, altho’ the penalties are very severe for maltreatment of them; - they do not make a favorable impression upon one, and are far inferior to the Maori Race.