EAST OF INDIA ­ FORGOTTEN TRADE WITH AUSTRALIA AT T H E A U S TRALIA N N ATIO N AL M ARITI M E M U S E U M – TAASA Review June 2013

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Michelle Linder Loss of the Guardian, Robert Dodd Engraving 1790, 843 x 717mm.

ANMM Collection `I am a tailor, I complain of general bad treatment, bad and insufficient food; Mrs Browne agreed to give me as much as I could eat; I came from India with her; she has not given me as much as I could eat; I know nothing of the agreement I entered into, of the particulars of it, I was turned on board ship without going to the police office; I desired to be returned to my own country; I have been so ill used by Mr Browne, I will remain no longer with him, if he would give me the best dish I could eat, I would not stop with him; this country does not suit me; I was coaxed to come here, being told that I should have all the privileges I should have in my own country.’ T his testimony was made by Meer Jaun to a Special Bench of Magistrates on 10 July 1819.

He was one of 35 domestic servants and labourers brought to Australia to work in Sydney around 1812...