Musquito

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Musquito (c. 1780, Port Jackson – 25 February 1825, Hobart)(Mosquito, Musquetta, Bush Muschetta or Muskito) was an Indigenous Australian resistance leader.[1] latterly based in Van Diemen's Land. He was born in Sydney Cove or Guring-Gai.

After engaging in raids on British settlements in the Hawkesbury and Georges River areas, he was gaoled in Parramatta, then sent to the convict colony on Norfolk Island where he lived for the eight years.[1]

In 1813, he was transported to Van Diemen's Land. After his release he turned to working as an Aboriginal tracker. According to some sources, he supplemented his wages by pimping Aboriginal women to white men (Citation needed). Eventually, he fled to the bush and put together a gang of Aborigines (Citation needed) who robbed and murdered white settlers and their farmhands. Eventually captured by an Aboriginal tracker named Tegg, Musquito was convicted of the murder of a Tahitian farm hand named Mammoa while stealing dogs from the Tahitian's employer. Musquito was sentenced to death by hanging. The sentence was carried out at Old Hobart Gaol on 25 February 1825.

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  1. ^ a b Parry, Naomi. "Musquito (1780-1825)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 

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