I have heard it maintained by others that it is the course of Providence, that blacks should disappear before the white, and the sooner the process was carried out the better, for all parties. Very recently in the presence of two clergymen, a man of education narrated, as a good thing, that he had been one of a party who had pursued the blacks, in consequence of cattle being rushed by them, and that he was sure that they shot upwards of a hundred.
In less than a year, over half the indigenous population living in the Sydney Basin had died from European diseases.
In contrast, the Australian continent is covered with Aboriginal cave art dating back tens of thousands of years.
The oldest art is currently accepted as being over 28,000 years old.
The nomadic lifestyle has certain restrictions associated with it such as the number of possessions one can carry, and a strong dependence on natures harvest but it also restricts the development of industry, agriculture, townships, cities and many of the most important foundations upon which complex civilisations are built.
The intimate connectivity with nature and the land is one of the reasons for the length of their survival, as seen in other similar cultures such as the North American Indians who bear several striking similarities in terms of their relationship with the land.
Recent government statistics counted approximately 400,000 aboriginal people, or about 2% of Australia's total population.