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  • Title
    [Silver breastplate] Presented by His Excellency Sir Charles Augustus Fitz Roy K.H., Governor of New South Wales, to Jackey Jackey...
  • Call number
    SAFE/R 453
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  • Date

    ca. 1851
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  • Physical Description
    Objects - 12 x 15.3 cm. - Silver breastplate, engraved with images of two swans and a fox

    Jackey Jackey was an Aboriginal person from the Merton district near Muswellbrook, New South Wales. He accompanied Edmund Kennedy, Assistant Surveyor, on an expedition to Cape York Peninsula in 1848. Jackey Jackey was with Kennedy when the latter was killed by natives at the Escape River. He then proceeded to Cape York and the waiting supply ship which then brought assistance to the survivors at Shelburne Bay. Reference: 'Stories in Silver' exhibition, State Library of New South Wales, 1996.
  • Source
    Presented by J. E. Byrnes, Esq. 1966
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Believed to have been made by Brush & MacDonnell, Sydney, from contemporary newspaper reports, ca. 1851.

    Reproduced in Australian Silver 1800-1900 / John B. Hawkins. Sydney : National Trust of Australia (N.S.W.), 1973 (ML REF1/A927.37/1A1). It describes the Maker: Brush & MacDonnell, Weight: 5 ozs, Width: 15 cm, Date: circa 1851.
    Digital order no:a928501
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Titled from inscription

    Full inscription reads: "Presented by His Excellency Sir Charles Augustus Fitz Roy K.H., Governor of New South Wales, to Jackey Jackey, An Aboriginal Native of that Colony, In testimony of the fidelity with which he followed the late Assistant Surveyor E.B.C. Kennedy, throughout his exploration of York Peninsula in the year 1848; the noble daring with which he supported that lamented Gentleman, when mortally wounded by the Natives of Escape River, the courage with which, after having affectionately tended the last moments of his Master, he made his way through hostile Tribes, and an unknown Country, to Cape York; and finally the unexampled sagacity with which he conducted the succour that there awaited the Expedition to the rescue of the other survivors of it, who had been left at Shelbourne Bay."
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