Saturday, March 9, 2013


I have noticed in some of the books written about the Jimmy Governor story a left wing bias which explains why the white people who were murdered 'had it coming' and the black murders were their 'victims'.
The first book published on the subject was supposedly authored by Frank Clune, a tax accountant and travel writer.
But his ghost writer, the man who really authored his books, was a card-carrying Communist, Percy Reginald Stephensen.
The Queensland-born radical and political activist, had been one of the first members of the newly formed Communist Party in 1921.
He took on the Aboriginal cause when he was a student at Queensland University, turning the conservative newspaper on its head by giving it an Aboriginal name.
Unlike his fellow travellers today, he was a nationalist, not an internationalist.
He hated both business and businessmen, dismissing them contemptuously as 'bourgeosie'.
One of his contemporaries at Queensland University was another champion of the worker, 'Banjo' Paterson.
In 1924, Stephensen was made Queensland Rhodes Scholar and spent eight years in England, dabbling in publishing, including with Aleister Crowley, an exponent of the black arts.
During World War II, after his return to Australia, he was interned as an enemy alien.
John Mawbey
John Thomas Mawbey was born in August 1849 in harbourside Wooloomooloo, Sydney, and brought up in rural the fruit-growing district of Dural, to the north-west of the 'big smoke'.
His two elder brothers had died earlier as small boys, so he was effectively the eldest son of English-born emmigrants, George and Ann Mawbey, who had married in Sydney in 1838.
At the time of his birth, his father had just started working as the schoolmaster at the Church of England diocesan school at Dural.
John Thomas was baptised in the local Church of England, St Jude's.
At the end of 1860, when he was 11, the family moved back to Sydney, to the inner suburb of Newtown.
Two years later, when he was 13, his father died of a stroke leaving his mother with eight children between the ages of 17 years and three months to raise on her own.
When old enough to work, John Thomas was a carrier, transporting goods with a horse and cart, as was his younger brother, George.
He contributed some of the money he made to the fund to build St Stephen's Church of England at Camperdown.
When John Mawbey married Sarah Clarke in Mudgee in 1875, his occupation was a 'dealer', in other words, a businessman, someone who buys and sells goods.
He moved to Mudgee and ran a fruit shop there for about six years before taking up a selection of land at Breelong in 1884 when the old squatters' holdings were carved up for smaller farmers.