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  • Title
    Driving in Kangaroos / possibly by Hailey or Bailey?
  • Call number
    ML 1409
  • Level of description
  • Date

    not after ca 1880
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 watercolour - 24 x 34 cm (sight) in frame 56.3 x 63.8 cm
  • Scope and Content
    A framed watercolour depicting a kangaroo drive, probably preliminary to their corralling and culling. It shows a large kangaroo population surrounded by riders in the foreground but also suggested around the full perimeter of a bush clearing. Includes one woman rider wearing riding habit.

    The drawing records the beginning of the charge of riders, some groups of kangaroos having not yet fled from their pursuers.

    Library correspondence file
    Kangaroos : biology of the largest marsupials / Terence Dawson. Sydney : UNSW Press, 1995
  • Access Conditions

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  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Titled in an unknown hand, in pencil, lower left.
  • General note

    The idea of using kangaroos for sport is well documented by artists such as S.T. Gill, Thomas Balcombe, Edward Roper, Eugene von Guerard and Edward Winstanley, and many first hand written accounts also exist. Hunting in the manner of English foxhunts was popular from the early 19th century in Australia. Hunting clubs were established in Australia, often using the same rules and riding habits as in England.

    Less well documented is the driving of animals for culling, as depicted here. By the 1870s large scale destruction of animals – including rabbits, dingoes and kangaroos – was not unusual, especially in times of drought, as a means of controlling the population and alleviating damage to agriculture. In 1882 the rounding up and destruction of animals was acknowledged in the NSW Pastures and Stock protection Act.

    The principal method was the kangaroo drive, or battue, derived from the Aboriginal hunting method of beating bushes and woods to flush game into an enclosed space, similar to the scene depicted here. Thousands of animals could be killed using this technique.

    Kangaroos : biology of the largest marsupials / Terence Dawson. Sydney : UNSW Press, 1995
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1004836
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed lower left, possibly Hailey or Bailey?
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  • Topic
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