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Our large colored engraving represents a scene of a somewhat romantic character which occurred in the early days of Victoria. It is a meeting which took place on the 12th July, 1835, between a wild white man who had been long associated with the blacks, and a party of the first white settlers. On the left of the picture we see the settlers who had come over from Tasmania, and some blacks they had brought with them from that island, though originally belonging to the Sydney side; the hut of the white men and the gunyah of the blacks are visible close to the sandy beach at a place on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, which, since the days of early settlement has been called Indented Heads. Both the whites and their black companions look with astonishment at the appearance of a man, gigantic in size, who is recognisable on the right of the picture clad in a kangaroo skin, and armed with the spears of the natives, and with a waddie or club. One of the settlers laying his arm on the shoulder of another points with mingled wonder and fear to the complexion of this gigantic visitor, neither black like the natives, nor white like the settlers; and, also, to some marks on his bare arm, which seem to indicate the possibility of his being a long lost country-man of their own. The tableau is very striking, and the story is one of the cherished traditions of the country.
WILLIAM BUCKLEY, THE WILD WHITE MAN OF VICTORIA
Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne), Sat., 24 April, 1869, page 91
Links to more info...
Who was Buckley?
William Buckley Bent's News and Tasmanian Three-Penny Register (Hobart Town), Saturday 30 September 1837, page 3
Tasmania. Death of William Buckley The Argus (Melbourne), 7 Feb., 1856, Page 5
WILLIAM BUCKLEY. THE "WILD WHITE MAN Australasian (Melbourne, Vic. : 1864 - 1946), Saturday 12 March 1870, page 6
WILLIAM BUCKLEY, THE WILD WHITE MAN OF VICTORIA Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne), Sat., 24 April, 1869, page 91
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A fictional and serialised story about the times of William Buckley.
Fyansford.com Research Resource
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Recreating the Country Blog
the Wild White Man
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Postscripts to Australian History
The Argus, Melbourne 1946
Waroon, the Strong
Colonial Times, Hobart 1848
State Library of Victoria
William Buckley Books
Some of my images
An Internet Search
Among the Blacks of Australia
Wiliam Thomas Pyke
An interesting perspective is presented in the book: Living with the Locals p.28
through others’ eyes pp.26-49
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