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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Bungaree, late chief of the Broken Bay tribe, Sydney, 1836

William Fernyhough

lithograph on paper (sheet: 26.6 cm x 18.6 cm)

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Bungaree (c. 1775–1830) diplomat, voyager and navigator, arrived in Sydney from Broken Bay in the 1790s and made his first foray as a seafarer when he joined the Reliance for a journey to Norfolk Island in 1798. In 1799 he joined Matthew Flinders on a six-week voyage north to Hervey Bay and Bribie Island. He sailed with Flinders again in 1802 as a member of the Investigator expedition, proving himself indispensable as a negotiator and for his knowledge of Aboriginal protocols. In 1817 Bungaree joined the Mermaid for the surveying voyage along the southern coast of the continent led by Philip Parker King, who considered him ‘sharp, intelligent’, and ‘of much service to us in our intercourse with the natives.’ Bungaree became well known for his wit and his practice of welcoming to his country ships entering Sydney Harbour. This, combined with the recognition of his standing in both communities, made him an obvious candidate for portraits and several early colonial artists of note created images of him.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Dr Robert Edwards AO 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 1999.23.12

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

William Fernyhough (age 27 in 1836)

Bungaree

Subject professions

Exploration and settlement

Donated by

Dr Robert (Bob) Edwards AO (12 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.