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  • Title
    Select Specimens / From Nature / of the / Birds Animals &c &c / of / New South Wales / Collected and Arranged / by / Thomas Skottowe Esqr. / The Drawings By T.R. Browne. N.S.W. / Newcastle / New South Wales / 1813
  • Creator
  • Call number
    SAFE/PXA 555
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1813
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    423725
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    Albums - 1 leather bound album (containing 29 watercolour drawings on paper plus descriptions) - 31 x 20 x 1.7 cm - (drawings 24 x 26 cm. or smaller)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Thomas Skottowe of the 73 (Highland) Regiment of Foot was Commandant of the Newcastle penal settlement from 1811 to 1814. While in Newcastle, Skottowe organised the collection and drawing of specimens for this manuscript. He was also was responsible for their arrangement and wrote the accompanying text. Reference : The Skottowe manuscript : Thomas Skottowe's select specimens from nature of the birds, animals, &c. &c. of New South Wales / ed. with an introductory essay, by T. Bonyhady & J. Calaby ; foreword by Sir D. Attenborough. Sydney : David Ell Press : Hordern House, 1988.

    Richard Browne, watercolour painter and natural history artist, was transported to New South Wales after being convicted in Dublin in 1810. He served the majority of his seven-year sentence in Newcastle. Browne prepared illustrations for Skottowe's manuscript. -- Reference: Dictionary of Australian artists / Joan Kerr, editor. [Sydney] : Institute of Fine Arts, University of Sydney, 1984
  • Scope and Content
    Frontispiece. Natives of New South Wales
    [Title page with vignette of Aboriginal family group at camp]
    1-2. The Emue [i.e. emu]
    3-4. Mamura Superba [lyrebird]
    5. The Swamp Pheasant
    6. [wanting]
    7-8. Nankeen Bird [rufous night heron]
    9-10. The Black Swan
    11-12. Star Wing [dollar bird]
    13-14. Black & White Cockatoo [sulphur-crested cockatoo]
    15-16. King Parrot
    17-18. Rose Hill Parrot, Paroquet and Ground Parrot [eastern rosella; scaly-breasted lorikeet; ground parrot]
    19. Blue Mountain and Lourie Parrots
    20. [wanting]
    21-22. Robbins [flame robin; eastern yellow robin]
    23-24. Owl [tawny frogmouth]
    25-26. The Masked Plover [masked lapwing]
    27. Honey Sucker
    28. [wanting]
    29-30. Sparrow, Tom Tit, Fan Tail & Ant Killer [red-browed finch?; superb fairy wren; southern emu-wren; eastern spinebill or honeyeater]
    31-32. Regent [regent bowerbird]
    33-34. Kangaroo [eastern grey kangaroo]
    35-36. Native Dog [dingo]
    37-38. Native Cat [quoll]
    39-40. Flying Squirrel [sugarglider]
    41-42. Opussum [brushtail possum]
    43-47. Fish
    44. John Dory (no.1); Mullett (no.2); Flat Head (no.3)
    45. Rock Cod (no.4); Gurnett (no.5); Trevaille or Cavallia (no.6); Snapper (no.7) [river blackfish; blenny; silver trevaille; snapper]
    46. Groper (no.8); Parrot Fish (no.9); Unicorn Fish or Leather Jacket (no.10); Salmon (no.11) [eastern blue groper; Maori Wrasse; yellow-finned leatherjacket; eastern Australian salmon]
    47. Barracouta (no.12); Leopard Shark (no.13) [longtom; banded wobbegong]
    48-50. Butterflies
    49. [l. to r. Macleay's swallowtail butterfly; old lady moth; common jezabel butterfly; nysa jezabel butterfly; sword-grass brown butterfly]
    50. [l. to r. unidentified; unidentified; moth; tiger moth; glasswing butterfly; tiger moth; common brown butterfly; chalciope hyppasia; unidentified]
    51-52. Insects
    [dragonfly; longicorn beetle; tree cricket; robber-fly; cicada; leaf hopper; mantid; banksia jewel beetle; short-horned grasshopper; Christmas beetle; Botany Bay weevil; amycterine weevil; lygaeid bug; clerid beetle; shield-bug; long-horned grasshopper or tree cricket; native cockroach]
    53-54. Reptiles. Brown Snake (no.1); Black (no.2); Diamond (no.3); Water (no.4); Grass (no.5)
    55-56. Native Arms
    Mooting or Fish Gig (no.1); Camoy or Spears (nos.2-4); Hylliman or Shield (no.5); Womra or Throwing Stick (no.6); Waddy or Battle Club (no.7); Cadgawang or ditto (no.8); Hyba or Hatchet (no.9); Wamering thrown to disperse a Crowd (no.10); Tundi or Basket (no.11); Coonoonang or Calabash, in which they carry water (no.12); Heringung or Fishing line, Wallingan or [fishing] hook (no.13); Genyang a Net (no.14); Murribe for warding off Blows of the Battle Club (no.15)
  • Language
  • Source
    Bequeathed by D.S. Mitchell, 1907
  • Access Conditions
    For access to this pictures collection please submit your request through Ask a Librarian: - -
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Related Material
  • General note

    Accompanying each illustration is a description of the specimen that includes physical appearance, habitat, methods of reproduction, and native name. The watercolour drawings have a yellow inner and black outer border.

    Drawings are missing for The Swamp Pheasant (page 6); Blue Mountain and Lourie Parrots (page 20); Honey Sucker (page 28)

    The volume was rebound in Dec. 1931. For conservation reasons, the SLNSW Preservation Branch disbound this volume in 1979. In 1998, Tony Zammit bound the drawings into new covers.

    Colour photograph lithograph postcards of No.8 Nankeen Bird and No.14 Black & White Cockatoo (produced by the SLNSW) are available at PXB 188 (Nos. 5 and 4 respectively).
    D.S. Mitchell bookplate on front endpaper

    Copy Print - MLQ 508.944/1

    Transferred from A 555
    Digital order no:Album ID : 824099
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Handwritten at top of title page, "Presented by / A. Cahill / To his Son Frank Cahill / Augt. 3d 1852"
    Titles and descriptions of drawings are on previous page
    Paper is watermarked, "Phipps & Son / 1810"
  • Creator/Author/Artist
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in
    Wunderkammer
    Curious Colony: a twenty first century Wunderkammer
    Treasures of Newcastle from the Macquarie Era

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