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Yours Was a Hero's Crown

Bet Smith (c. 1810 - ?)

Woreternemerunnertatteyane, also known as Emmerena or Bet Smith, was from Cape Portland. She was the tyereelore or ‘island wife’ of Thomas Beeton. They had two surviving daughters, Lucy and Jane.
When the colonial administration decided to remove all the remaining Aboriginal people to Flinders Island, Thomas wrote to Lt-Governor Geo. Arthur (c. 1831)
About 5 and a half years since I fell in with an aboriginal female of V.D.L. on Woody Is… From a feeling of humanity towards the woman… I took her under my protection and from that time untill (sic) the latter end of March last supported her…
I have had by the same woman two children… she is now far advanced in a state of pregnancy with a third…
I humbly hope your Excellency will… allow the woman again to be restored to my protection…

The convict artist Thomas Bock (1793-1855) produced this watercolour of  ‘Jenny, A Native of Port Sorell, V.D.L.’  There is no known likeness of Woreternemerunnertatteyane or the other <em>tyereelore</em>.
The convict artist Thomas Bock (1793-1855) produced this watercolour of ‘Jenny, A Native of Port Sorell, V.D.L.’ There is no known likeness of Woreternemerunnertatteyane or the other tyereelore.

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