Roslyn Russell, Kylie Winkworth
© Commonwealth of Australia, 2010
ISBN 97 80977544363 (pbk)
Bungaree: King of the Aborigines of New South Wales, Augustus Earle, 1826
Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, after an original painting on display in the National Gallery of Australia from the collection of the National Library of Australia
Objects Through Time, an initiative of the NSW Migration Heritage Centre, is an online exhibition about migration history and is built around migration heritage items sourced from many collections. The exhibition is in continual development and now has more than 130 items: each with a richly detailed statement of significance.
The online statement of significance conjures the complex relationship between Bungaree, the governors of NSW and the settlement of Sydney around the harbour.
Significance is at the heart of the collaborative work the Migration Heritage Centre brokers with its partners in the community and collecting organisations. The Centre's work is assisting private owners and collecting organisations to research and document the stories and significance of items carried by migrants to Australia or related to migration and settlement. Projects include thematic studies, and the online exhibition Belongings, which explores migration memories and journeys after the Second World War.
Excerpt from an online statement of significance
Bungaree was one of the best-known Aboriginal men in the settlement of Sydney in the 1820s. When ships dropped anchor in Sydney harbour Bungaree arrived in his fishing boat to welcome newcomers to his country, graciously raising his bicorn hat in greeting. This lithograph, based on the painting by August Earle, is significant for its affectionate portrait of Bungaree and as the first lithograph produced in Australia.
1 Migration Heritage Centre—New South Wales, Objects through time, Migration Heritage Centre, Sydney (n.d.), viewed 15 March 2009, http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/objectsthroughtime/
Significance in action
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