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Peter Wandy

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Peter Wandy was born in Western Australia in the early 1880s, possibly in the Kalgoorlie-Coolgardie district, which is approximately 550km east-north-east of Perth.

As a young man, he was the tracker at Kalgoorlie for four years before picking up work on a cattle station.

Peter quickly left after suffering physical abuse at the hands of the boss.

He moved to Sydney and after living on the streets travelled out to the Aboriginal reserve at Sackville Reach on the Hawkesbury River.

He encountered missionaries from the non-denominational Australian Aborigines Mission at Sackville and converted to Christianity. Peter attended a seminary in Adelaide and also toured with Rev. E.J. Telfer in Western Australia on bicycles for 12 months, preaching Christianity to local Aboriginal people.

A master player of hymns on the gum-leaf, Peter also operated the lantern slide during meetings

Peter Wandy was never formally employed as a NSW tracker, however, he assisted the police to search for a missing three-year-old boy in thick banksia and eucalyptus scrub at Mount Colah in March 1911.

The tracks initially led to a small pond and it was feared that the boy had drowned.

When a search of the water failed to produce a body, Peter soon picked up the tracks again heading towards Galston. The boy was found in an exhausted state and made a full recovery.

Afterwards, Peter moved to the south coast of NSW and lived at Wallaga Lake Aboriginal Station for a time.

His interest in Christianity diminished as he grew older. In July 1921 he developed pneumonia and died at Bega Hospital without issue.

1 Comments

  • Suvir

    Suvir

    10:04 PM, 11-06-2021

    A sad life. Hoping his interest in Christ returned before the end.

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