Image 23: 'White Woman of Gippsland' handkerchief.

Printed handkerchief showing a seated man with a woman bending over him.  Caption: 'Winning the gloves' Reverse of handkerchief with text transcribed below

This note, written in English and Gaelic, was posted on trees during the search for the captive white woman in October 1846.

The text reads: 'White Woman! -- There are fourteen armed men, partly White and partly Black, in search of you. Be cautious; and rush to them when you see them near you. Be particularly on the look out every dawn of morning, for it is then that the party is in hopes of rescuing you. The white settlement is towards the setting sun.'

'White Woman of Gippsland' handkerchief. La Trobe Picture Collection, State Library of Victoria.