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Tender eyes of women swimming with tears.

Oyster Bay – three hundred generations

Nations since the flood – an ancient way.

Grandeur – a landmark in our history.

Empire’s native people – usurped their land

Recalled Buxton – kidnapped, enslaved and murdered.

Land – an incontrovertible right.

Oysters, opossums, kangaroos – subsistence

Noted by a clergyman – no settled

Gathering grounds – a smattering of our language.

Elizabeth Street – expectant crowd –

‘Three spears in his left hand and one in his right’ advancing.

Empire’s native people – usurped their land

Recalled Buxton – kidnapped, enslaved and murdered.

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Thomas Buxton – a key figure in the powerful humanitarian lobby, British parliament.

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