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  • Title
    [Governor Arthur's Proclamation to the Aborigines, ca. 1828-1830]
  • Call number
    SAFE/R 247
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1828-1830
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on huon pine board - 35.7 x 22.6 x 1 cm.
  • Scope and Content
    Oil painting on huon pine board, rectangular in shape with rounded corners, with a hole at top centre for suspension, depicting four scenes:

    1. Aborigines and white settlers in European dress mingling harmoniously
    2. Aboriginal men and women, and an Aboriginal child approach Governor Arthur to shake hands while peaceful soldiers look on
    3. A hostile Aboriginal man spears a male white settler and is hanged by the military as Governor Arthur looks on
    4. A hostile white settler shoots an Aboriginal man and is hanged by the military as Governor Arthur looks on
  • Access Conditions

    Access via appointment
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Variant title

    Previously titled Governor Davey's [sic - actually Governor Arthur] Proclamation to the Aborigines, 1816 [sic actually c.1828-30]
  • General note

    Incorrectly labelled as Governor Davey's proclamation, this work actually depicts Lieutenant-Governor Arthur's proclamation of c.1828-1830. Originally conceived by George Frankland as a way of communicating the proclamation to Aborigines so they would understand how it affected them, his original drawing was reproduced onto boards in 1830 and then mounted on trees in remote areas where Aborigines would see them. The Tasmanian Surveyor-General's Office later produced lithographic reproductions of the originals, and these too were incorrectly titled as Governor Davey's, the mistake being also perpetuated in subsequent copies. Thus the boards and lithographs came to be popularly referred to as Governor Davey's Proclamation, despite that being an error. Source: Dictionary of Australian Artists / Joan Kerr (Ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992

    For further details of the conception of the painting, see the entry on George Frankland in Dictionary of Australian Artists / Joan Kerr (Ed.). Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1992
    For information about the provenance of this board, and the existence of other reproductions, see ""Notes on A Message to the Tasmanian Aborigines in 1829, popularly called 'Governor Davey's Proclamation to the Aborigines, 1816'"" by John Morris in Australiana, August 1988, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp.84-87

    For further notes and references about the date of creation of this board and another lithograph held at DG V/2 - DG V/3, see PXn 19 & PXn 704.

    Microfilm copy available at MAV/FM4/2338, frame 78
    Digital order no:a928138
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    ""Governor Davey's / Proclamation / to the Aborigines / 1816"" -- handwritten on label affixed to upper right corner
    Stamped in black ink on reverse, ""M.D.m"".
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  • Exhibited in

    National treasures from Australia's great libraries - Council of Australian State Libraries (1 December, 2005 - 31 December, 2006)
    ONE hundred : celebrating the Mitchell Library centenary - State Library of New South Wales (March, 2010 - June, 2010)

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