Beecroft-Cheltenham History Group

Henry (c1817-1821) In March 1819 two year old Henry of the Kissing Point tribe was admitted to the Black Town Institute. Of this establishment on Richmond Road Governor Macquarie wrote on 24 March 1819:

“[it] has succeeded far beyond my most sanguine Expectations, the Children having made very great Progress in all those Useful and Necessary Branches of Instruction they are taught, evincing good Natural Understandings, and an Aptitude for learning whatever is proposed to be taught to them … nothing has yet been done in this Colony that has so much Conciliated the Adult Natives to the Interests of the British Government generally, as the Establishment of this Institution, as they appear to be highly gratified and delighted beyond description with the Contented and Happy appearance of their Children.”[1]

In 1821 the 4 year old had returned to live with his people for just over 8 weeks [2] but died on 26 August. His grave was dug at a cost of 2s 6d and his coffin cost 12s.[3]

 


[1] Quoted in J Brook & J L KohenThe Parramatta Native Institution and the Blacktown: A History (Kensington, 1991) pp 78-79

[2] J Brook & J L Kohen The Parramatta Native Institution and the Blacktown: A History (Kensington, 1991) p 83

[3] J Brook & J L Kohen The Parramatta Native Institution and the Blacktown: A History (Kensington, 1991) p 84

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