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THE Telegram

Journal by janilye

There's very little I can say about this shocking 1907 telegram which was sent by a Charles MORGAN from the Broome Station to Henry PRINCEP, who at the time was, Chief Protector of Aborigines for Western Australia, and based in Perth.

I do not know who Charles MORGAN was. I suppose I could find out, but then I don't really want to know.

Henry PRINCEP, recieved many such requests. What his replies were, I don't know. But he did file them away, perhaps for us to reflect and be ashamed.

For those who have trouble reading the telegram, it reads:-

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
POSTMASTER-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

20 JUL 07

TELEGRAM from Broome Station
Addressed to H. Princep Esq,
prot. of aborigines

Send cask arsenic exterminate aborigines letter will follow

Chas Morgan


http://www.lettersofnote.com

Surnames: MORGAN PRINCEP
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on 2011-03-12 17:28:13

janilye - 7th generation, Convict stock. Born in New South Wales now living in Victoria, carrying, with pride 'The Birthstain'.

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by edmondsallan on 2011-03-12 17:34:04

interesting - ? regards

by janilye on 2011-03-12 18:30:13

Thank you. You are unique edmondsallan of the hundreds of people who have seen that telegram that's the first time I've heard the response 'Interesting'

by janilye on 2011-03-13 00:03:46

Following the arrival of British settlers in the 18th century, Australia's indigenous population were slowly faced with disease, loss of land, stolen generations and general violence. Sadly, the introduction of arsenic to their water and flour supplies wasn't uncommon.

by andrewsm on 2011-03-18 04:22:13

omg that's horrendous.

by samjacobs on 2011-03-18 08:28:14

Wow Jan. That is just beyond words.

by Scott_J on 2011-03-18 08:47:32

That's just Incredible. Most shocking of all is that it happened only 100 years ago.

I guess we can only hope that Mr. Morgan and his counterparts somehow got their due.

I must admit total ignorance to the plights of the Aborigines. Jan, how long did this "extermination" activity persist? Was there some event that stopped this atrocious activity?

by janilye on 2011-03-18 19:31:46

Aboriginal Australians had to wait until as late as 1965 to be given the vote at both a federal and state level, and in 1967 a referendum was overwhelmingly passed supporting their inclusion in the census, ending years of discrimination in which they were classified under the Flora and Fauna Act.in other words not people.
As late as the 1970s the Western Australian premier was discussing with a mining magnate ways of putting something in the water to sterilise the aborigine.
Between 1879 and 1969 the government stole there half caste children
put them in homes and raised them as white. "The Stolen Generation"

Not until 2008 did our government say SORRY.

http://www.news.com.au/national/pm-moves-to-heal-the-nation/story-e6frfkw9-1111115539560

by 1bobbylee on 2011-03-20 17:51:35

I drop my head in grief and sadness when I think how terrible the Aboriginal Australians were treated. Their heart can break in sorrow, the pain of rejection. I pray that our world can move forward in respect and love for the less fortunate. Our Native Americans in the US experienced similar treatment. Men, women, and children, how could we stand up under the horrific mental pain of being cast aside? Instead of reaching down with a helping hand, these original settlers were treated as non humans. My great grandmother had native american blood in her. She looked and dressed native american. She was born around 1867. I shudder when I think how she may have been treated by society. My grandmother says she remembers her mother as loving, caring, and a wealth of knowledge about nature. She knew so many herbs, roots, leaves, tree barks that were used for medicinal purposes. How many of us can boast of such knowledge and experience. I know, I can't. The Bible says that GOD loved the "Whole" world. That takes in everything. Black, White, any color that you can come up with.

by lola126 on 2011-12-03 15:52:26

I can't see for what perpose this is on a genology site. Like a lot of your journals janilye it has nothing to do with finding relatives. I think it is offensive and you should take it off.

by Scott_J on 2011-12-03 16:07:28

Janilye, while lola126 is certainly entitled to her opinion, I sincerely hope you don't take her comment to heart.

by 1bobbylee on 2011-12-03 16:49:00

I too am entitled to my opinion. No matter how sad and tragic this article was (The telegram explicitely sending cask of arsenic "extermination" aboriginese) is proof in the pudding,so to speak. To me this was a truthful and extemely cruel act perpetrated on the original natives of Australia. To me, truthful and well documented historical journals is an asset to FTC. I have read historical stories abut a member's grandfather, father, mother, etc that can indirectly and directly provide light to a member's search for an ancestor. If members would look more carefully at Janilye's journals or her comments in helping so many people find their ancestors,they would see that she is a true professional. I have seen in her comments that she will thoroughly investigate an ancestor's name and family. She will take that family centuries into the past. She is one of the best! She is an intelligent and well educated historian and meticulous researcher. How many of us can say the same thing? I sure can't. Janilye, thank you for coming to me and helping me find my ancestors who lived in the 1740;s - 50's. I was hitting a brick wall and she came to my rescue. I'm sure she gets tired,but she will spend hours researching for a member. You're great Janilye! I'm sure there are many members out there who appreciates her. I'm sure I am not the only one. I am "cupping" my ears members.

by 1bobbylee on 2011-12-03 17:14:22

Janilye, Do not take this journal off. It is factual history. Everyone should have the freedom of reading it. How tragic it would be, and to come, if free human beings cannot express themselves. Propaganda we do not need. The truth, Yes!!

by janilye on 2011-12-03 20:20:03

Dear lola126, Thank you for your comment. I found not the article offensive but the act itself.
Offensive is a positive emotion but I expect readers to also feel regret, shame and even horror. As for it being published in here! Whether we like it or not it is part of our history. I know you want names and dates but without history you will never really know your ancestors.
If I recall correctly lola126, it was I who found your ancestors. The terms oppression, racism and bigotry if I recall are not foreign to you in your own ancestry and the article above no more shocking.
If you wish to discuss the article above further I welcome it. If you want to discuss my motives and to save you further embarrassment please email me.

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