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Aboriginal Biographical Index entry

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Musquito; Aboriginal leader; born approximately 1780; from the Broken Bay south to Manly area on the north shore of Sydney Harbour, New South Wales; known to have been involved in conflict between British settlers and the Aboriginal people of the Hawkesbury River district; he was captured in July 1805 and sent to prison with his close associate Bull Dog; transported to Norfolk Island as a convict until the penal settlement was closed and the remaining prisoners sent to Launceston, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania); Musquito arrived in Launceston in March 1813 'fully conversant in English and technically a free man'; Musquito's brother, Phillip, pleaded for Musquito's return which was ordered by Governor Macquarie in August 1814; the Van Diemen's Land authorities did not want to lose Musquito's tracking skills and kept him in the colony; he requested to return home in October 1817; arrangements for his return were made but not followed through; to survive Musquito found employment with wealthy settler, Edward Lord; becasue of his work in tracking convicts and bushrangers, he was ostracised by Lord's workers; he left Lord's employ; he joined the 'Tame Mob', a group of displaced Aboriginal people living in the Oyster Bay area; by June 1823 Musquito was the Mob's 'nominal leader'; In November 1823 Musquito and a member of the 'Tame Mob', Black Dick, and about 65 Oyster Bay Aboriginal people, including a young man named Kickerterpoller (Tom Birch or 'Black Tom'), arrived at the hut of stock-keeper John Radford near Swansea; Radford and his companions, Mammoa and William Hollyoak, may have wounded an Aboriginal woman; the Aboriginal group attacked the stock-keepers killing Mammoa and Hollyoak; Musquito and Black Dick were implicated in the attack; Musquito was implicated in a series of other attacks to August 1824; only one attack has definite evidence of Musquito's presence; Musquito was captured by a Tasmanian Aboriginal man named Teague (or Tegg); Musquito and Black Dick stood trial in Hobart but the court 'refused permission for the defendents to brief counsel, speak in their own defence or call witnesses'; Musquito was found guilty on circumstantial evidence; Black Dick was acquitted but a few weeks later was found guilty of murdering a hut-keeper; both men were hanged at Hobart on 25 February 1825
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Aboriginal Biographical Index entry
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The ABI is a name index to published materials in the AIATSIS Library. Some records refer to deceased people or use words which reflect the attitude of the time or the author and may be offensive
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