W A Cawthorne, “The Arrest of the Goulburn Blacks”
W A Cawthorne
45 Natives driven to the Police Court, by the Police for trespassing
State Library of New South Wales
The map can remind us that our modern Australian way of life is founded on an act of violent invasion and disposession.
This sketch by W.A. Cawthorne shows Aboriginal families driven off their land.
In 1835 there were around 20,000 Aboriginal people in Victoria. By 1852 their numbers had fallen to 3000. By 1852 there were over 1000 sheep stations, outstation huts and inns spread across Victoria and armed British people commanded all of the places where there was good water and grass.