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Ballandella (c. 1831–1863)

A small tribe of this sable race, about twenty in number, are still wandering about the river, but death is thinning them occasionally, two of their number having died during the last fortnight, viz — Ellen, a half caste, about fourteen years of age, and Bullendella [Ballandella], who it will be remembered, was reclaimed on the Darling by our late Surveyor-General Major Mitchell, when on an exploring expedition many years ago. Bullendella was, when captured, very young; she was brought into Sydney and educated, but having a natural inclination to adopt the habits of her own race, she became united to a half-caste, named Johnny Barber, by whom she had six children. Barber has been in the service of Mr Books for some years, and, having half the produce of a piece of land for his labour in cultivating it, managed to provide for the wants of his family. Bullendella was thoroughly domesticated in her habits, and attended to her children as well as could be expected. Her interment took place on Sunday last; a good coffin was provided, and a few of the inhabitants of the neighbourhood were present, and also most of the aborigines on the river, who seemed to be very attentive and sorrowful. A Mr Leet offered up an appropriate prayer on the occasion.

Sackville Reach, December 11.

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Alternative Names
  • Bellandella
  • Bullendella
  • Ballendella
  • Ballindella

c. 1831
New South Wales, Australia


December, 1863 (aged ~ 32)
Sackville Reach, New South Wales, Australia

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