Toxic Waste From the Family Line – History of Australia

The consequences of generational sin pours like toxic waste into our lives.

“Toxic Waste from the Family Line” is a series of articles based on historical research.

These resources work in conjunction with our generational prayer model and are useful as references while you ask God to reveal generational issues in your life.

Based on information from The Fatal Shore – The Epic of Australia’s Founding. Robert Hughes 

NOTE: The Portuguese European founder of Australia, Pedro Fernandez de Quiros on May 3, 1606 named the
island “Austrialia del Espiritu Santo,” Australia of the Holy Spirit. Thus the island was dedicated to the Holy Spirit.



Generational Issue


The first Australian’s came from Asia. By the time the first English arrived there were about 300,000 Aborigines in around 500 (or as many as 900) tribes.These Aborigines never washed, so they spent their lives coated with a mixture of rancid fish oil, animal grease, ocher, beach sand, dust and sweat.



Captain Cook observed that the Aborigines seemed to have no curiosity, no sense of material possessions



The Aboriginal women were treated harshly. In the courting process women were hit with a club on her head, back and neck and then dragged by her arms through the country side over woods, stones rocks, hills, and logs to his tribe. Women had no rights of their own and could choose nothing. She was merely a root-grubbing, shell gathering chattel, whose social assets were wiry arms, prehensile
toes and a vagina.



Tribes would establish peace between themselves by exchanging their wives in a communal sexual orgy.



If a man did not like what his wife was doing, she would be
severely beaten.



When the tribe moved, the woman would have to carry the infants as well s food and implements.



To get rid of surplus children would induce abortions by giving woman herbal medicines or by thumping their bellies. If a child was born and was not wanted, the child would be killed at birth. Deformed children were smothered or strangled. If a mother died in childbirth, or while nursing a child in arms, the infant would be burned with her after the father crushed its head with a large stone.



….the tribe would not hamper its mobility, essential to nomadic survival, by keeping the old and infirm alive after their teeth had gone and their joints had seized up.



The Aborigines had few of the external signs of religious beliefs: no temples or altars or priests, no venerated images set up in public places, no evidence of sacrifice or of communal prayer.


False gods

False worship


Australia, an unexplored continent, became a jail for the English crown. During the period of convict transportation 160,000 (perhaps many more) men, women and children were transported to Australia.



Many of these convicts had never even seen the sea before they were clapped in irons and thrust on the transports.



As the English invaded Australia, the destruction of the Australian Aborigines commenced. “Nothing can stay the dying away of the Aboriginal race, which Providence has only allowed to hold the land until replaced by a finer race.”-remarked a settler in 1849.



Those who came from England (1700-1800’s) suffered first in their English occupations. Metal workers died paralyzed with lead poisoning, glassblowers lungs collapsed from silicosis, hairdressers were prone to lung disease through inhaling the mineral powder used to whiten wigs, and tailors went blind from working with dyes.



Children went to work after their 6th birthday. Orphans and pauper children were shipped off in thousands to the new industrial centers. They often would work very long hours, so that they would fall asleep on their fee. When they did not work hard enough they were punished by beatings, being hung by their hands. They were exposed to cotton lint, coal dust and phosphorus that would contaminate their lungs.


Child Slavery
Child Abuse

Gin was consumed by large portions of the population. It was the heroin of the 18th century. It was very cheap and very available. By 1743 the poor of England (who were later exported to Australia) were consuming 8 million gallons of gin in a year.



Conditions in England were so dreadful that in 1797 it was estimated that 115,000 people were living off crime in London about one Londoner in eight.



In 1787 the first load of prisoners (736 of them) were shipped out of England. The prisoners’ quarters had no portholes or sidelights. They were chained. They lived in a “sloshing broth of sea water mixed with urine, puke, dung, rotting food, dead rats, and stench.”



There was promiscuous intercourse between the sailors, marines and the prisoners.



The prisoners were often flogged if they became unruly.



The first passage took 252 days over 15,000 miles of sea. 48 people died, about 3% of those who left England. On the second voyage, more than 25% of them died.



After the men had set up camp, the women were brought to shore. “It is beyond my abilities to give a just description of the scene of debauchery and riot that ensued during the night.” Many of the women were raped. “Thus the sexual history of colonial Australia may fairly be said to have begun.”



To the convicts, any talk of permanency in Australia was a joke. They all longed to go back to England.



The English brought with them cholera and influenza. By 1789, Aborigine corpses were a common sight.



Warfare between the Aborigines and the English developed and many soldiers were killed.



“Australian racism began with the convicts, who were held to be inferior to the Aborigines.”



The solders hated the convicts for bringing them to Australia and despised the Aborigines.



The supply of food was so dreadful that some women prostituted themselves to get more food.



The early settlers severely suffered to the extent that not only were the convicts poor, but also the soldiers.



“The prisoners had no incentive to work. Neither kindness nor severity had any effect.” Many were tortured by as many as 200 lashes. Some were put in leg irons and others imprisoned in a black isolation cell, and a water pit below the ground where prisoners would be locked alone, naked, and unable to sleep for fear of drowning, for fortyeight hours at a spell.”



About 3,000-4,000 Tasmanian Aborigines were killed.



Hundreds of wives [and how many children?] were not allowed to go to Australia with their husbands.



Those who were sent to Australia were brought in open caravans and exposed to the cruel verbal attack of people of England.



A 14 pound iron was riveted to each felon’s ankle.



Between 1787 and 1868, The 162,000 men and women sent to Australia experienced immense hopelessness.



Two thirds of the convicts carried previous convictions. 80% per thieves and only a small number were political offenders. 3% were convicted of assault, rape, kidnapping and murder. 20% per Irish.



Most men where short (Perhaps because of poor diet).



Most had a loathing of authority and were “apolitical.”



Most prisoners were irreligious too-except the Irish.



Fatalism, contempt for do-gooders and Godbotherers, harsh humor, opportunism, survivors’ disdain for introspection, and an attitude to authority in which private resentment mingled with ostensible resignation was characteristic of the prisoners.



The Irish prisoners in Australia wee oppressed and treated to unusually hard punishment. They formed Australia’s first white minority. It was taken for granted that all Irishmen were wild and lawless.



Most working class men and women lived together outside of marriage, thus it was true also in Australia among the convicts. On the sea voyage to Australia each sailor was allowed to live with one woman.



When women were no longer wanted, they were simply thrown out of the house. Women were often beaten. Many of the women were alcoholic sluts, beaten down by abuse.


Man Hating

Homosexuality flourished in the prisons. Bestiality also took place. The term “mate” found its expression in homosexuality.



In 1836 the land of Australia was officially taken away from the Aborigines by a New South Wales court decision.



Murder was common, some 2-3,000 Europeans and upwards to 20,000 Aborigines.



Most colonists drank with an oblivion-haunted thirst, determined to blot out the harsh tenor of their lives.



The founders of Australian sheep-farming were melancholic, given to attacks of extreme anxiety.



The female convicts taught their children bad habits from swearing to sexual perversion.



Often the convicts treated each other ruthlessly. “What is the use of a friend, but to take the use of them?”



In New South Wales in 1807 more than one-half the children were illegitimate.


Prisoners were often whipped with lashes. The result of this was worthlessness and self hatred. Worthlessness
Self Hatred


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