THANKS TO PIONEERS
I SPEAK on behalf of my descendants and the pioneers of the Swan River Colony who are unable to speak for themselves.
I refer to an article by Rachel Fenner and the opinion of Carmel Hodges (Mandurah Coastal Times, November 1).
There were many other skirmishes around the districts between York and Perth and the Canning River, not just Pinjarra, all the time providing protection for the colonists as they developed a new country.
While some Aboriginals lost their lives, so did many whites who were speared to death and perished.
Yes indeed, Thomas Peel was not the entrepreneur of real estate as the likes of the Nigel Satterleys of today, but he was not accorded his right of demand of the land he was supposed to be provided. Eventually he was in receipt of a smaller grant nearer to Mandurah.
It is correct that many people of the Swan River Colony, and not just that of the Peel colony, were suffering from malnutrition, caused by the lack of provisions, some of it caused by theft of these same provisions by the Aboriginal people.
This required Governor Stirling to send sailing ships to Java and Batavia for the sole purpose of purchasing supplies for the colony.
This was not caused by Thomas Peel and the settlers surrounding the region now known as Mandurah, but the failure of crops and theft of provisions.
Thomas Peel had nothing to do with the Pinjarra skirmish, as this was a direct reprisal of the sacking of Shenton’s Mill in South Perth.
Governor Stirling sent his troops to Pinjarra to protect the settlers and exercise punishment for the attack against the settlers of the colony by the Aboriginal people.
Eventually a group of Aborigines were caught at Pinjarra, where a small battle or 'skirmish' ensured, resulting in the death of Capt Ellis of the 21st Regiment, who was speared to death by Aborigines. Another trooper was wounded.
Following this conflict, Governor Stirling reported about 15 deaths of Aborigines, although later reports and innuendo have about 30 and more Aborigines either killed or wounded, as is currently depicted in today's manic of media and incorrectness of political activity.
I am a descendant of the these pioneering settlers of the Swan River Colony and would expect that our voice be heard over that of other cries of misinformation.
The historical figures of our ancestry such as Governor Stirling represent the strength and fortitude of a colony of people struggling to survive in a harsh land without help.
For without our pioneering families and their struggle to grow, Perth, WA, would not be where we are today.
We must provide the thanks of our historical past for their guts and determination to build a country that we should be proud of, not destroyed for political gain. TERRANCE WESTON JP Secret Harbour virtually out-of-control bicycles, some powered by petrol engines, some by batteries and regular bicycles being ridden two abreast (on a footpath).
Some bicycles have bells but their ring is lost if the cyclist is more than about 10 metres away, while the purpose of ringing is lost if they are closer.
When this legislation was introduced there was no accompanying guidance in the media as to respective responsibilities.
For instance, who is responsible for avoiding a collision?
Is it the cyclist or the pedestrian who must leave the footpath?
In the absence of guidance, both might move in the same direction.
Presumably a cyclist approaching a pedestrian from the rear is responsible for avoiding a crash, but who knows.
The logical solution is to bring in a law requiring cyclists to leave a distance of one metre between their bike and any pedestrian.
Who could argue with that? JOHN RANDALL Halls Head