James Morrill

Sailor who was aboard a ship wrecked on the Queensland coast on its way from Sydney to China. Around Mount Elliott the survivors met with a group of Aboriginal people. The other 6 survivors died and James lived with with Aboriginal people for 17 years. He eventually left, with supplies from the community he had been living with, and came upon a settler living in a hut. He reportedly had forgotten how to speak English and after some time in Brisbane recovering, Morill was appointed the bonded warehouse-keeper at Port Denison, close to the country on which he had lived with local Aboriginal people. His life has been compared to that of William Buckley.
See: James Morrill, The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser, 1 December 1865, p. 3, accessed 27 July 2020,


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