William Buckley was an escaped convict who lived amongst the Wathawurrung people for more than 30 years. Adopted as Murrangurk, he had the opportunity to participate in, witness and later record some of the lifestyle and cultural practices of these First Nations people, at a time before they had substantial contact with colonial newcomers, when their way of life was altered. Buckley’s story is an exceptional one and we begin in Part 1 by learning how he found himself on this side of the world and living amongst the Wuthawurrung.
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REFERENCES Ep 62
LARKINS, ROBERT, 2020. The personal history of William Buckley: Murrangurk among the First People. North Melbourne: Arcadia. ISBN 978-1-925801-21-7.
MORGAN, JOHN., 1852. The life and adventures of William Buckley: Thirty-two years a wanderer amongst the Aboriginies of the then Port Phillip, now the Province of Victoria. . New Ed. London: Melbourne: Heinemann. Online version via Hathi Trust
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Music, IMAGES & other links:
- Intro/Exit music modified from: ‘Grand Canyon’ by LÃHSTANA DAVID [CCFM Music]
- Sound snippet: Nyindi-Yindi Corroboree: Trible music of Australia, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbCqBrW10SM
- Background: Freesound Bush sounds, birdsong in Australia
- Victorian Aboriginal tribes map (Takver) Wiki from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Map_Victoria_Aboriginal_tribes_(colourmap).jpg
- Kulin Nations Map from Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulin_nation
- The Calcutta – Buckley’s transport ship. https://nepeanhistoricalsociety.asn.au/history/collins-1803-settlement/
- Sullivan Bay sketch 1803 (GG Mcrae): https://nepeanhistoricalsociety.asn.au/history/collins-1803-settlement/
- https://www.budjbim.com.au/ https://www.budjbimtours.net/
- Murnong or Yam Daisy (https://wurundjeriwalkhistory.wordpress.com/pre-1930/)
- Possum Skin cloak (https://collections.museumsvictoria.com.au/items/2004443)
- Buckley’s tattoo recorded by Todd: SLV (https://blogs.slv.vic.gov.au/such-was-life/convict-tattoos/)