Tongerlongeter (2)

Toka Mengha leah. The timber cross has vanished.

On seeing on a clear day the coast of Tasmania,

Numerous statements confirm, and the summit of the snow-capped Ben Lomond,

Gave tears – “There my home, there my country.”

Extraordinary, the procession of Tongerlongeter into Hobart.

Robinson and his son led, thirteen Aboriginal associates, and the twenty-six survivors of the war,

Leisurely, accompanied by a large pack of dogs.

On seeing on a clear day the coast of Tasmania,

Numerous statements confirm, and the summit of the snow-capped Ben Lomond,

Gave tears – ‘”There my home, there my country.”

Ever recurring attacks – eighty-six pages in the Colonial Office records.

Thistles mark his grave.

Earth. A plain and sacred

Right. [They are not rebellious subjects, but an injured nation.]

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A song played at Tongerlongeter’s funeral, ‘in honour of a Great Chief’, contained these words: ‘Toka Mengha leah’. (see Reynolds & Clements, Tongerlongeter.)

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