“I can personally affirm that to stand before an audience of beaming Australians and make even the mildest quip about a convict past is to feel the air conditioning immediately elevated.” Bill Bryson – American author




Pemulwuy was a powerful Aboriginal resistance leader against the British settlers who occupied his land. He took the fight to the government farm at Toongabbieand stormed into the town of Parramatta at the head of 100 warriors. His exploits and bravery made Pemulwuy the stuff of myth and legend. Governor Philip Gidley King considered Pemulwuy ‘an active, daring leader of his people’ and wrote that ‘Altho’ a terrible pest to the colony, he was a brave and independent character’.[1] In Pemulwuy, the rainbow warrior, a brilliant work of fiction, Eric Willmot constructed a black hero for Australia’s Aboriginal community.



Moran Ann
SHIP : Hercules I (1802)
TRIAL: 1797 Trim Meath Co
D.O.D. : 1832


The rebellious conduct of the convicts on the Britannia and Marquis Cornwallis before and after arrival in New South Wales seems to have prejudiced the colonial administration against later shipments of prisoners who had taken part in 1798.  That two mutinies of a similar nature had been suppressed on successive voyages must have struck Hunter as either a grim coincidence or the probable consequence of transporting Defenders and United Irishmen en masse.  That serious trouble also occurred on the Anne, Hercules, Atlas I and Minerva in 1800-2 but not the criminal Queen and Rolla may also have highlighted the political factor.62  Opposition to such transports by Hunter and his successor Governor King is a matter of record but neither man had any real control over the numbers or type of prisoners embarked for New South Wales.63  The Governors were also remarkably ill-informed as to the character of Irish prisoners in general as documents setting down their names, crimes and sentences generally only arrived years after the ships if at all.64  This omission on the part of Dublin Castle engendered a sense of paranoia in the colony that was accentuated by the United Irish plots of 1800 and the Castle Hill uprising in March 1804.65

Sydney. (1803, April 10). The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW  1803 - 1842), Sunday 10 April 1803

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW  1803 - 1842), Sunday 10 April 1803 2



Fugitives. (1803, March 5). The Sydney Gazette

and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842)

HERCULES ATLAS The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW  1803 - 1842), Saturday 5 March 1803,

HERC ATLAS 2 The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW  1803 - 1842), Saturday 5 March 1803,

HERC 3 The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW 1803 - 1842), Saturday 5 March 1803,



Harking back to Altucher’s TIME HEALS THE WOUNDS, I have been thinking about the late 1700s and early 1800s. I picked up a book called PEMULWUUY I was raised on American TV and the Legends of the West. Irreverently played Cowboys and Indians and knew a good deal about wagon trains and such.

Its only now in my 60s that I am far enough away from my family’s woundings to be able to find out my OWN history.

For me, reading Pemulwuuy  has tied my ancestor , ANN MORAN, into the same era as him as well as the Irish Rebels of 1798.

I don’t know the whole story and don’t suppose it will ever again be known but I surely do love the mystery of a young Irishwoman, a publican, transported for Life with the irish Rebels to a Colony where the People were resisting in various ways and recovering from the shock of occupation.

13 of the men who travelled with her on the Hercules, were hung and the bones of another found outside a cave in the mountains.

My family told me NONE of this and my school told me NONE of this. Only now, do I enter the Mysteries.

So far, there’s not an upper class person amongst us. I concede the few Brits. Ann herself went out to Parramatta and married and Anglo Counterfeiter by the name of Curtis but I have been recently informed that she later was charged with operating a Still and kept an inn at a gatehouse by the way.

The other Brits include a convict or two and then a mass of Scots come along and impoverished peasants from Devon.

And all my life I wondered why I had ATTITUDE. Why would I not ? Why would I not ?

Now, I head for my bed, with visions of bare feet and bare skin dancing in my head.

Of 13 men hanging for the depraved crimes of trying to escape to the Mountains.

Of one man sitting by a fire in a cave – the only one who made it.

Of a young woman – who passed on the blood that leaks from me now.








In the year 1805 Michael Dwyer was sent to New South wales,a political exile, Granted this land in 1806, It was taken back by the crown .Troy Dwyer reclaims it in 2006 to show the rebel spirit lives on. Troy has since found letters to verify his writeful ownership of this & other properties

Grace Lee Boggs’ message to Occupy Wall Street – 10/9/11



In each situation ,  in each question you ask, each decision you make – remove any reference to money or finances in any form and see how it looks.

PRETEND that there is no need for money in each situation. That this is a world of plenty.  Just for a moment, and see what it looks like.

“ This child has toothache. What do I do ? “

“ This old woman is afraid and tired in her room in that boarding house. Afraid to go down the hall to the toilet at night. What do we do ?

“ This man has cancer. What do we do ? “

“ THIS CHILD is gifted musically. What shall we do with her ? “

“ My father has died. What manner of burial would honour him ? “

“ Our town grows bananas and all manner of vegetables. What shall we do with them ? “

I challenge you to leave FINANCE out of each decision you make, each question you ask yourself – just for a half hour.





Tip No 17 : Time heals all wounds.




Just a few minutes here on the eBENCH on yet another cool, clouded day. I rather fancied the beach today but I am not going till its hot. Altucher says TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS. I don’t know the whole truth of that. Some almighty scarring can occur but it does allow me to write of things which I wouldn’t do at the time – perhaps.

I can write now about being a heroin addict and alcoholic. Far enough from being locked up or having my children taken. It wasn’t only time that healed that one. It took a lot of changing as well. I can write now about broken marriage and dead lovers and after a year of posting each day and now that the OCCUPY movement begins to speak up, I think I can begin to write about living in poverty and state housing. The small and the shameful pinpricks to the psyche.  Years later, I do a check and not all the lifeblood seeped out through the tough years. Not all wounds are healed and I still bleed but there’s enough time away from the injuries to be able to write about it.

Reminds me of the old movies of Cowboys and Indians and the white fellas on the run. I have skedaddled across the plains and I didn’t stop to check anything. Now I’m holed up in the hills and some things were darn near a scalping . Politically incorrect to say that – but its those TV series that inculcated me with a childhood terror and dread and an urge to skedaddle.



Mezza is again in her garden for the weekly photo challenge. Mezza looks through unique eyes. I recommend taking a good look through her eyes.