Bengal Army At Parramatta NSW 1858

Bengal Army at Parramatta NSW 1858


In March 1858 one hundred and thirty-two Goorah Wallahs (Horse Breakers) from the Bengal Army arrived at Parramatta, New South Wales to break remount horses. They landed in Sydney and were  housed at Old Government House.  They got drunk the first morning after they had landed in Sydney and were involved in a brawl with the Chinese who were passing through Parramatta on their way to the diggings.  The Indians were the Lions of the Day and were well received by the locals.  Read more about this story in “Are Indians an Ethnic Minority? Volume 3- Horses and Walers” by Len Kenna, pae 116.  Available through the Australian Indian Historical Society Inc. website.