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  • Title
    [Captain Eber Bunker, ca. 1810 - miniature portrait]
  • Call number
    MIN 58
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1810 (dated by costume)
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    Objects - 1 watercolour on ivory miniature in gold frame with glass front, gold casing on reverse, knotted rope-like design around outside of frame, and a loop for hanging at centre top of frame. Brown coloured human hair, plaited into a chain with five clasps or joins accompanies the frame. - 6.9 x 5.4 cm., portrait, inside frame (sight) - 7.4 x 6 cm., frame, 88.5 cm. chain

    Eber Bunker was a master mariner and landholder who has been credited with being the "father of Australian whaling". In 1791 he visited New South Wales as master of the "William and Ann", accompanied the "Lady Nelson" in the "Albion" to establish the Derwent settlement in 1803. Bunker brought his family to the Colony in the "Elizabeth" in August 1806 and became a landholder at Bulanaming, Bankstown and the Hunter Valley. -- Reference: Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825, State Records New South Wales, Online Jan. 2004
  • Scope and Content
    The male in this portrait wears a white waistcoat and white linen ruffled shirt each with stand collars, a white stock at neckline, and a navy blue wool double-breasted jacket with brass buttons.
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • General note

    It is difficult to ascertain whether the chain made of hair is contemporary with the frame.
    Accompanying the portrait is a non-contemporaneous bakelite rectangular label with black print, "Capt. Eber Bunker. Presented by Miss S.J. Cartwright"
    Digital order no:Album ID : 825688
    This item has been digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundation Benefaction, 2002.
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Engraved on reverse of frame, "Captain Eber Bunker / 1760-1836 / The first of the Whalers / Arrived New South Wales 1791. / Presented by / his great granddaughter / Sophia J. Cartwright / to The Mitchell Library"
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  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection - State Library of New South Wales (October - December 2004)

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