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the Secret River
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Central character, born 1777 in London, One of 8 children. At 21 marries childhood sweetheart Sal Middleton, with whom he has 6 children. Works in London as apprentice waterman, then is transported for theft, receives a pardon and works as a waterman in NSW.
Sarah (Sal) Thornhill
Born in London, similar age to William Thornhill, an only child. Marries William and travels with him to NSW, assigned as his master while he serves his time.
Richard and Mary Middleton
Sal's parents. Richard takes William on as an apprentice on the Thames; dies about 3 years after William and Sal's marriage. Mary dies shortly after her husband.
Ma and Pa Thornhill
William's parents. Mother dies when William is 13. Pa thornhill works at various unskilled jobs, often taking William with him to help. He dies shortly after his wife.
Robert (rob) Thornhill
An older brother of William. Has unidentified mental impairment as a result of fever when young; drowns during the timber theft for which William is transported.
Mary and Lizzie Thornhill
Williams older sisters. Mary takes on sewing to help support the family; Lizzie looks after her younger siblings and is a childhook friend to Sal.
James, Matty, John and Luke Thornhill
Williams other brothers
Collarbone and Dan Oldfield
Childhood friends of William. Dan later works for the Thornhills in NSW with another convict, Ned.
Mathias Prime Lucas and Mr Yates
Williams's employer and foreman in London. both testify against William at his court trial
William's trial lawyer
William (willie) Thornhill
William and Sal's first child, born in london around 1800
Richard (Dick) Thornhill
William and Sal's second child, born in 1805 during William's transportation. has a strong relationship with the aboriginal people
James (Bub) Thornhill
William and Sal's third child, born in 1808. An unhealthy baby who survives despite expectations that he will die in infancy.
William and Sal's fourth child, born around 1811. Healthier than bub, clever and interested in figuring out how things work.
Williams and Sal's fifth child, born around 1813. Named after Sal's mother.
Sarah (Dolly) Thornhill
William and Sal's youngest child, born around 1824.
thornhill's first employer in Sydney Cove
Fellow emancipist (former convict) and ex-Thames waterman; employs Thornhill on the Hawkesbury; friendly with the local Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal man who lives in Sydney. Dances in exchange for alcohol; scared from smallpox
Emancipist. Antagonistic and violent towards the Aboriginal people; single, but keeps Aboriginal woman as a slave; organises the massacre at Blackwood's
Emancipist with similar temperament/ sympathies to Smasher. Poisons an entire Aboriginal group at Darkey Creek; later killed by a spear during an Aboriginal attack on his land
Settler, neighbor to Sagitty; participates in massacre.
Emancipist, married to Sophia Webb. Abandons his land after racial conflict in 1814; participates in massacre.
emancipist; participates in the masscre.
Settler; widow who has a peaceful relationship with Aboriginal inhabitants. Sometimes provides medical aid to the settlers, including Sal.
Irish settler, participates in massacre; builds Cobham Hall for Thornhill.
Old Aboriginal man. During massacre he spears Smasher, but is then killed by Thornhill (name given by Thornhill)
Long Bob, later Long jack
Aboriginal man, friendly with Dick, shot during massacre at Blackwoods. Survives but is impaired, subsequently lives on Thornhills Point (names given by Thornhill)
Aboriginal man, killed in massacre (name given by Thornhill)
Meg and Polly
Aboriginal women Sal tries to trade with (names given by Sal)
Government official; organises unsuccessful attack on Aboriginal people at Darkey Creek.