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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.

Vue de George’s Street à Sydney, 1833

Alexis Nicholas Nöel (lithographer) after Louis Auguste de Sainson

lithograph on Chine-collé on paper (backing sheet: 34.0 cm x 54.0 cm, sheet: 26.8 cm x 35.3 cm, image: 20.9 cm x 31.5 cm)

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Bungaree was born around 1775 in Broken Bay, New South Wales and died at Garden Island (some 93 kilometres away) on 24 November 1830. His adventures between these two dates were characterised by courage, intelligence, negotiation and love. His ability to adapt to vast changes and the overhaul of his country’s way of life was in part, his strength of strengths. A leader among the Broken Bay peoples and the first to be described as ‘Australian’ in print, Bungaree was given the token title of ‘Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe’ by the British newcomers. His flamboyant and comical disposition won over their hearts, eventually enabling him to recoup land in 1815 later dubbed Bungaree’s Farm. Bungaree’s standing in both communities made him an obvious candidate for portraits and several early colonial artists of note created images of him. He also appeared in the work of expedition artists such as Louis-Auguste de Sainson, a member of Dumont d’Urville’s 1826–1829 Astrolabe voyage.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2018

Accession number: 2018.82

Currently on display: Gallery Three (Robert Oatley Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Louis Auguste de Sainson (age 32 in 1833)

Alexis Nicholas Nöel (age 42 in 1833)

Bungaree

Subject professions

Exploration and settlement

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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.