Police Station, Charleston
Letterbook 1898 - 1900
QS 486/1 Queensland State Archives
16. 1.1899 No female half-castes in this district living in
the Black's camps. (Reference 9/99)
20. 4.1899 Native names of Aboriginals around Charleston. Only
one tribe here.
Male names are (30 males)
Female names are (22 females)
There are also six little boys and three little girls.
Boundaries of this tribe are Newcastle Range on the north east
and Gilbert River on the south west. They go north as far as
Georgetown and occasionally south as far as Percyville.
Their condition is fairly good. A great number died in 1898
supposedly from venereal disease. All seem in good health just
now. They get a fair amount of food from white people.
18. 5.1899 Secretly is name of Cole's black boy. Also mentions
a Police Tracker. (Reference 41/99)
19. 5.1899 The Blacks of this district go under the name of the
Etheridge tribe. They are one and the same as those of Georgetown,
Cumberland, Mt Macdonald and Percyville. Blankets distributed to
36 male adults, 24 female adults and 6 children aged 2 to 8 years.
16. 5.1900 Tracker Billy brought a gin named Maggie to the
Station. Billy says she belonged to him previously and wants to
keep her. (Reference 4/1900)
13. 6.1900 Search for gin Polly who is supposed to have leprosy.
Is in district but cant be found by Tracker Billy. Has child with
her. (Reference 7/1900)
11. 7.1900 Patrol to find gin Polly who is supposed to have
leprosy. Could not be found. On trip the Copperfield Blacks were
rounded up and moved to downstream of the miner's camp. A black
boy named Harry was questioned and stated he was recently released
from Georgetown by Dr Hawthorn and is not a leper.
24. 8.1900 Leprous gin Polly escaped from the Stockade at this
Station on August 23. She had been chained up. (Reference 21/1900)
26. 8.1900 Leprous gin Polly captured August 25 and taken back
to Charleston. (Reference 22/1900)
6.10.1900 Doctor from Georgetown will examine Polly.