The True Story of John Jingery & Robert O’Reilly in the Burragorang Valley

What did black-white relations look like in the Burragorang valley in the nineteenth century? We’ll take a close look at “John Jingery, Aboriginal” who apparently bought some of his traditional lands back in 1875 with the help of Postmaster Robert O’Reilly. But the real story is more complicated as the primary sources show. John Jingery forfeited this land in 1877. I’ll show how primary sources can be utilized to get to the bottom of our history. Lake Burragorang is now the major source of water for greater Sydney.


This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Aboriginal Heritage of the Blue Mountains: recent research and reflections, BMERT 2019
  • Life in the Burragorang, Jim Barrett 1995


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Where is the Burragorang valley? Location and geography
  • First settlers – the Gundungurra
  • Second wave of settlers – cattle, cattle duffers, emancipist Irish and others
  • The Catholic Church and its flock
  • Gundungurra adapt, attempt to regain traditional lands
  • Profiles of John Jingery, Robert O’Reilly, Charles Dunn, John Fitzpatrick, Grundy
  • Conditional purchase, dummy purchase
  • How to use primary sources


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Imagine the geography of the Burragorang area.
  2. Understand the complexities of colonization with a focus on this remote and inaccessible place.
  3. Understand the process of accessing historical documents at State Records NSW.
$65 Limited

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26 Nov

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