Skip to main content
Menu

'Timbere sauvage de la nouvelle galles du sud en grand costume (Relache au Port Jackson)', 1822

Jacques Etienne Victor Arago and Pierre Langlume (engraver)

lithograph (sheet: 36.2 cm x 27.0 cm)

Timbery (1784–1840) was a senior Dharawal man, born at Charcoal Creek, near Wollongong, New South Wales; he died at age 56 in 1840. Members of the Timbery family are said to have been present when James Cook – and later Arthur Phillip – dropped anchor in Botany Bay, and are said to have directed both captains to fresh water sources and fishing spots. At a gathering in Parramatta in 1816 Timbery was named ‘King of the Five Islands’ by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. He wore a metal breastplate with the inscription ‘Joe Timbrey Chief of the Five Islands’ which after his death was lost for ninety years before being rediscovered in 1929 in an excavation site at La Perouse. In 1951 the breastplate was acquired by the Australian Museum. The Timbery family has lived continuously in the La Perouse area, perpetuating its craft traditions. Joe Timbery was a noted boomerang and shield maker, Esme Timbery is a highly-regarded shell artist, and Laddie Timbery continues the family tradition of boomerang making and sales in the area. The family has carefully preserved their stories of the arrival of the colonisers.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2011

Accession number: 2011.22

Currently not on display

Copyright image request form
Request a digital copy of an image for publication

Artist and subject

Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (age 32 in 1822)

Pierre Langlume (age 32 in 1822)

Timbere (age 38 in 1822)

Subject professions

Indigenous identity

© National Portrait Gallery 2019
King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia


Phone +61 2 6102 7000
Fax +61 2 6102 7001
ABN: 54 74 277 1196
The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Ngunnawal people, the traditional custodians of the land upon which the NPG stands.