Shelley, William (1774 – 1815)

Shelley, William (1774 – 1815)

SHELLEY LED A COLOURFUL LIFE WHICH INCLUDED A BRUSH WITH PIRATICAL NATIVES WHILST PEARLING. BY 1815 HE IS AT PARRAMATTA :

Shelley conducted Congregational services in his house and commenced work among the Aboriginals. He attempted to learn the language, took some children into his own family and addressed Governor Macquarie on ‘the practicability of civilizing’ them. He was invited to draw up plans and in December was appointed superintendent and principal instructor of the Native Institution at Parramatta, the first of its kind in the colony. However, after establishing the school, he died on 6 July 1815.

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