Writing Task

WITH APOLOGIES TO CHARLES DICKENS

As nobody in Australia would sympathize with the first and second fleets without being first assured that the Nash/Williams family is well respected, it is clear that they were, not only in the new colony of New South Wales, Australia, ever since the first British citizens arrived , but they were acknowledged throughout the world. This has been attested to by written documentation, that, not only were they the descendants of Adam and Eve, but they previously held considerable status in Mother England. Lieutenant Nash was an honoured Lieutenant in the Navy of His Majesty George lll and Robert Williams in His Majesty’s Army, and we must at this stage say “Rule Britannia”.

As often happens in these respected families, one of their honourable representatives from great families traditionally became a black sheep, yet was often pardoned, so despite his double desertion from the British Army fighting Napoleon, well documented as to reasons, Robert Williams became honoured, as all felt was his due, in the new colony. Both men were proud of the fact that they could contribute to the birth of a new colony for the land that was “Mother of the Free” and they extolled her. William Nash took part in the first wedding ceremony that took place in the new colony at Parramatta , although it was a recorded fact that, as was his due in his own mind, he had also consorted with female convicts below deck despite being accompanied on the ship by his common law wife, who is known in history by the name of Maria. He had been disciplined for this minor misdemeanour by the ship’s captain and he married Maria in this Parramatta ceremony. Their daughter,Sarah, was later sworn in wedlock to Robert Williams, who had arrived on the second fleet, and despite being a deserter, had been graciously emancipated and given a large land grant in the Monaro region.

The first task of this honourable group was to bring civilisation to this land, which they had declared terra nullius and had claimed, in true British style, for Britain, and it was not long before the Rum Rebellion took place, in which Lieutenant Nash played a significant part, as was his style, and a new Governor was put in place.

The previous occupants of this land often had no idea of the honour bestowed on them by bringing to this land the civilisation of such a noble group of people; they had to be killed or severely disciplined when they refused to bow down to the Union Jack and this new government, or when they did not acknowledge the wisdom and greatness of the new settlers.

And so a great, civilised Australia was born, with the assistance of the Nash and William families and the other honoured English compatriots who had bravely faced the difficult and dangerous journey across the wide blue oceans and who also still ensure that True Blue British values prevail across this wide and great land.

WITH APOLOGIES TO ROBYN SANDRI (and the Aboriginal People)

our first people
they are within their stories
the stories are like cloaks that hold all safe
how now can they tell their stories
when their voices are taken
there are different stories
with each voice
there are different voices within each campfire
how can we hear them all
tales of the dreamtime
of spirit ancestors
tales of the past thousands of years
tales of the last two hundred years
tales of the here and now.

do we listen to these voices
do we heed the messages
do we give these honour
brave men and women
families important to them
their country

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About Anne Powles

I am retired from paid employment. During my working life I have been variously and sometimes contemporaneously, wife, mother of four, lawyer, teacher and psychologist. I have also been a serial education junkie. As are we all, I have been an observer of the world around me. Here I have recorded some of my memories, observations and theorisings.
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