Alfred Bolden was born around 1860 on Gunaikurnai country. Gunaikurnai man Charlie Blair told missionary John Bulmer that Alfred was the son of Old Kangaroo Jack and his wife Jenny. Jenny was Charlie Blair’s sister.
Alfred’s death is recorded in the 1882 annual report for the Board for the Protection of Aborigines. He died of consumption (tuberculosis) aged 21 years in November 1881. He had been living at Ramahyuck Mission station. There is no record of his non-European name, although his European name may have come from the Bolden family. Lemuel Bolden had land excised from his lease in 1863 for the formation of Ramahyuck Mission station.
References: Board for the Protection of the Aborigines, Eighteenth Report, John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1882.
John Bulmer, ‘Letter Bulmer to Howitt, April 25th 1899’, A W Howitt Papers, State Library of Victoria, Manuscript Collection, MS 9356, Box 1053, 3 (a), 4pp., p. 4.
David Rhodes, The History of Ramahyuck Aboriginal Mission and a Report on the Survey of Ramahyuck Mission Cemetery, Occasional Report No. 47, Aboriginal Affairs Victoria and the Victorian Archaeological Survey, 1996.