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Billy Holten was born at Bellbrook on the upper Macleay River in the late 1830s. Before working as a tracker, he was well-known as a stockman and horse breaker. He was employed as a tracker for many years in the late 1800s in the Kempsey district, developing a close association with Constable Morris of Jerseyville [1]Macleay River Historical Society Photographic File Ph0044339.. He passed away at Bellbrook in October 1932 and was buried in the Aboriginal Cemetery, Nulla Nulla Reserve, Bellbrook [2]DC of Billy Holten 1932/020033.. Many of his descendants still live in the Kempsey district today.

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1. Macleay River Historical Society Photographic File Ph0044339.
2. DC of Billy Holten 1932/020033.

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