Settler Records

This is a bibliography of early published books, journals, diaries, etc, that include information about First Nations Peoples in the region of Western Australia. Some of the items have links to online versions of these texts as well as extracts from those accounts.

Cross, Joseph. 1833. Journals of Several Expeditions Made in Western Australia, during the years 1829, 1830, 1831, and 1832, under the sanction of the governor, Sir James Stirling. London: J Cross
Online edition here
Referring to the fact that early British settlers had to endure “hardships and terrors,” Cross ironically calls the settlers “Terrorists [page xvii]

Gribble, John Brown. 1886. Dark Deeds in a Sunny Land, or, Blacks and Whites in North-west Australia, Perth, 86 pages.
Online edition at the National Library

Grey, George. 1841. Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-west and Western Australia, during the years 1837, 1838, and 1839. London: T & W Boone.
Volume 1 online edition here
Volume 2 online edition here
Extracts – accounts of resistance by Worrorra warriors

Landor, Edward Wilson. 1847. The Bushman: Life in a New Colony, London: Richard Bentley.
Online edition here
Extract: Chapter 5: How the Laws of England Affect the Natives
This chapter reveals how early settlers and government officials were well aware that the land had been seized from the Noongar Nation without consent or treaty.

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