Please note that due to the subject matter of this project (death/grief) some of the images on this blog might be disturbing.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Penny Evans

Title of work - i hope it has the desired effect.

It is about colonial germ warfare and a smallpox infected hankie that was deliberately given to the Shawnee, mingo and delaware Indians surrounding Fort Pitt in western pennsylvannia. One of the men responsible said in his diary at the time '....i hope it will have the desire effect'.

There are connections between these men and some that came out on the first fleet here. It has been established through the diary of watkin Tench that samples of smallpox were brought here with the first fleet. countless aboriginal people died from smallpox here in the Eora/Sydney area and beyond. whole populations wiped out.

so this is an historical work about death

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