State Records Archive
Title: Exemptions from Aborigines Act of 1905. H. Hunter’s children
Keywords: Boolgin, Harry Hunter, Gypsy Watson, Jennie Hunter, Nellie Hunter, exemption certificates
Nov 23rd 1908
To The Honourable Francis Wilson, Perth
I am anxious to obtain exemption certificates for the undermentioned halfcaste girls
Jennie Hunter, Nelly Hunter, daughters of mine, Gipsy Watson, not a daughter of mine but brought up under my care. The girls are girls of good character and have prospective husbands here on the place. There respective ages are:-
Gipsy Watson age 22 years
Jennie Hunter age 14 years
Nelly Hunter age 12 years
Thanking you in anticipation
I am, Honourable Sir, yours faithfully,
To Chief Protector
Will you please reply to this letter and deal with the matter to which it refers?
12th Dec 1908
Write and ask Mr Hunter his reason for applying for these girls to be exempted from the Act and who are their prospective husbands and of what nationality.
C F G
To H Hunter Esq
14th Jan 1909
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter of Nov 23rd addressed to the Hon Frank Wilson which has been forwarded to me for reply.
I would feel obliged by your informing me of your reason for applying for the exemption of the girls from the Aborigines Act of 1905, and who are their prospective husbands, and of what nationality.
I have the honour to be, Sir, your obedient servant
C F Gale
Hunter, Harry (1865-19)
Harry Hunter is a controversial figure: he was a pearling master who set up a camp at Boolgin Creek and subsequently lived there. The following is an extract from the book “Harry Hunter and Sydney Hadley“:
“Harry Hunter walked down to his store, revolver on his hip as always, whip and knife in hand. He took out a large burlap sack and a length of rope, locked the door again, and went on down to the beach.” “Just above the edge of the sea, a rowing boat lay on the sand. Nearby a group of Aboriginal children was playing, one of them a big boy, almost full grown. Harry Hunter told that boy, ‘Row this boat’.” “Soon after they set off, he said, ‘This boat is too light. Pull across to the island and bring some rocks’. The boy did so, lowering them in carefully, so they wouldn’t go through the bottom, then rowed out to the deep water, where sharks pass down King Sound when the tide runs full” “Out there, Harry Hunter put his revolver to the boy’s head, killed him, put the body and rocks in the sack which he tied with the rope and dropped over the stern.” “Taking the oars, he rowed back to the mainland shore, pulled the boat up on the beach and walked away.” Jack Hunter.