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  • Title
    Magil, Corroboree dance [ca 1819-20] / [attributed to R.Browne]
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  • Date

    [ca 1819-20]
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  • Physical Description
    Drawings - 1 watercolour - 23.5 x 31.5 cm.

    Biraban (Magil, McGill, Magill, Eaglehawk, We-pohng) (fl.1819-1842): An Aboriginal leader who was a member of the Awabakal or Newcastle tribe. From boyhood he was servant to an officer at the military barracks, Sydney, where he learnt to speak English fluently, and was given the name John McGill. He served as an interpreter in court cases involving Aborigines, Governor Darling recognising him as `king of the tribe at Lake Macquarie' -- Ref: Dictionary of Australian Artists Online.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Work is unsigned and undated; Dated from comparison with other dated works by Browne in the collection
    `Two variants of this subject are known, one is in the RexNan Kivell Collection, Canberra and another was sold at Sotheby's Sydney on 24th October 1985, Lot 81' -- Sotheby's Australia Catalogue 29 Oct 87 (PICTURES/Q017.3/12)
    A description of Biraban was published in `An Australian language as spoken by the Awabakal, the people of Awaba or Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle, New South Wales) / by L.E. Threlkeld' (N572.991/2)
    For further information: L. E. Threlkeld - Papers, 1817-1871, MLMSS 2111; A key to the structure of the Aboriginal language / By L.E. Threlkeld, N572.991/2; Rage for curiosity / Richard Neville, REF1/709.9407494/13A; Skottow Manuscript / Tim Bonyhady. Sydney : David Ell Press : Hordern House, 1988 (ML Q508.944/1)
    Digital order no:a1528359
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    Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection - State Library of New South Wales (April-November 2009)
    Treasures of Newcastle from the Macquarie Era - Newcastle Region Art Gallery (February 2013 - May 2013)
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