Diary of John and Georgiana Molloy: 1 July 1837 - 21 February 1840

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Feb 1838. Sunday 11th NW. Very heavy gale broke the Swan River Fig tree Rain towards evening O72. Monday 12th W. calm Shea and Wallace digging potatoes. I gardening all day O73. Tuesday 13th S.E. moderate Two native fires in the immediate neighbourhood Mr Bussell Mr Hurford Brian & Military went out to the natives & called Babbin to them but they ran off they saw upwards of 50 spears & numerous Wallabees Whilst at tea Mr Herring ran up to say the Natives were on his Potatoes & we heard a shot from Mr Hurford but without effect Wallace only at work O74 Wednesday 14th SE. Mr Bussell & the same party leaving Mr Herring took Mr Hurford's place went out at Day break they fell in with the Natives, fired at them & took 3 children 1 Boy 2 girls prisoners, they seized many implements of war, Cloaks bags Boot bands & above two cwt of Potatoes which they burnt, bringing some of the best home. Busy netting the grapes, trimmed them of 2.14 lb. 1 lb Tobacco to Mr Green 1 lb Butter also ½ lb Sugar to Mrs Guering 1 lb Butter to Orrick Wallace clearing Haulm O75 Thursday 15th S.E. Wallace clearing Haulm rubbing out seed &c The Cattle only grazing about the Barracks as an order was issued for no man to go further O76 Wrote to dear Molloy by Soldiers going to the Vasse Friday 16th SE very strong gales The Sergeant informed me he must withdraw Wallace & Orrick on account of the existing disturbances Wallace taking up Potatoes below Peach trees 2 men were sent off with reports to the Vasse. O77. [Page 21]