The Diary of Sarah Bradley
Diary Entries from 1788-1789
10/04/1789- I am on a boat. A huge sail boat with hundreds of people. The people that are accompanying me are all colonists as am I. Not long ago Charles Sturt and his companions discovered Wiradjuri. That's where I am headed. Originally it was thought Wiradjuri was deserted but Captain Sturt soon discovered of Ape like people "living" there. When Sturt saw these people he had no way of describing them at first. They had no clothes on and were showing their naked bodies to each other. They were black and dirty. He wasn't sure if they were apes or human beings. I am excited to visit this place but also am scared as I have been told they have killed people with spears and other weapons. I truly can't wait. Only 1 more day until we arrive. I have to go now but tomorrow I will tell you more about what is happening. Goodbye.
Sincerely Sarah Bradley
11/04/1789- We have almost arrived! People are getting awfully excited but it's quite peculiar the way they are acting. I think their scaredom has gotten to them. Anyway as I promised, WHAT IS GOING ON?? Charles Sturt discovered an island and now we are going to live on it. The say the land is terra nullius - land for the taking, land belonging to no-one - but we know there are natives living there already. They have an extremely different society to us. They don't have houses, farms, crops or any fencing to mark each others territories. They obviously have no laws as you see them running a round with spears killing animals and humans. Of course we have retaliated shooting them with our guns every time they harm one of our...