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Pemulwuy Pemulwuy i(A61684 works by)
Born: Established: ca. 1750 Sydney, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 1 Jun 1802 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Heritage: Aboriginal Dharug / Daruk / Darug people ; Aboriginal
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Pemulwuy was an Aboriginal warrior who showed immediate resistance to the claiming of Australia by Governor Arthur Phillip (1738-1814) in 1788.

During the next 15 years, Pemulwuy, used guerilla tactics to attack the settlers at Botany Bay. In December 1790, Pemulway speared John McIntyre, Governor Phillip's gamekeeper, who later died of the wound.

Pemulwuy was shot in 1802 and his body dismembered. His head was apparently sent to England. It has not yet been found for repatriation to his homeland.

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  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for Pemulwuy

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