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Title: Windradyne (c. 1800 - 1829)
Contributor(s): Roberts, David  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2005
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Abstract: WINDRADYNE (c.1800-1829), Aboriginal resistance leader, also known as SATURDAY, was a northern Wiradjuri man of the upper Macquarie River region in central-western New South Wales. Emerging as a key protagonist in a period of Aboriginal-settler conflict later known as the 'Bathurst Wars', in December 1823 'Saturday' was named as an instigator of clashes between Aborigines and settlers that culminated in the death of two convict stockmen at Kings Plains. He was arrested and imprisoned at Bathurst for one month; it was reported that six men and a severe beating with a musket were needed to secure him. After some of the most violent frontier incidents of the period, including the killing of seven stockmen in the Wyagdon Ranges north of Bathurst and the murder of Aboriginal women and children by settler vigilantes near Raineville in May 1824, Governor Brisbane [q.v.1] placed the western district under martial law on 14 August. The local military was increased to seventy-five troops, and magistrates were permitted to administer summary justice. Windradyne's apparent involvement in the murder of European stockmen resulted in a reward of 500 acres (202.3 ha) being offered for his capture. The crisis subsided quickly, although the failure to capture Windradyne delayed the repeal of martial law until 11 December. Two weeks later he and a large number of his people crossed the mountains to Parramatta to attend the annual feast there, where he was formally pardoned by Brisbane.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Australian Dictionary of Biography, v.Supplement, 1580-1980, p. 408-409
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISBN: 0522842364
Field of Research (FOR): 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950503 Understanding Australias Past
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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