Celebrating South Australia

http://www.sahistorians.org.au/175/documents/author/jolly/the-aboriginal-or-black-fellow-town-of-penneshaw-k.shtml

‘The Aboriginal’ or ‘Black Fellow Town’ of Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, and some questions about names and myths by Bridget Jolly

The 'Aboriginal' or 'Black Fellow' Town of Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, and some questions about names and myths (3.3 MB)

This paper contributes some history of Hog Bay’s colonial settlement and of the heritage of two women who in the early 2000s confirmed details of their descent from an Indigenous Tasmanian woman living on Kangaroo Island since the 1820s.1 Some questions it asks about early settlement have fewer answers than wished for. When misty oral transmissions, often inherited with uncertainty, the loss of memories over time, and of tangible evidence, combine with sparse written and illustrated records in a largely oral culture, speculation mounts. Yet this paper extends some certainty about land holding of the eastern ‘suburb’ of Hog Bay (known as ‘The Aboriginal’) and attempts also to dispel some associated mythical connections.