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The Coal Valley a short distance east of Risdon

Open country ideal place for hunting

Nights of dancing

Grassland for driving animals down to the Derwent

Endless discussions

Running women and children retreated under fire

Large numbers of fighting men present

Old men at the foot of the hill near the Valley employed in making spears

Numbers favoured the original inhabitants

Guns insufficient

‘Ensuing thirty years provides the strongest affirmation of this interpretation of the events of this fateful day at Risdon’

The members of the besieging party were warriors

Europeans shot a cannon, saving the camp

Recalled, John Henry Fawker, ‘it was war between the races and no quarter’.


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