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Sketchbook of Aboriginal daily life scenes, Wahgunyah Region, Victoria, 1881 / Tommy McRae
Bib ID 6220709
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline [still image, volume]
Author
McRae, Tommy, approximately 1836-1901, artist
 
Online Versions
Description 1881 
1 sketchbook (14 drawings) : ink, black and blue ; 21.7 x 28.5 cm 
Series

McRae, Tommy, approximately 1836-1901. Sketchbook of Aboriginal daily life scenes, Wahgunyah Region, Victoria, 1881.

Summary

A sketchbook of ink drawings depicting various scenes of Aboriginal daily life. Includes: hunting, fighting, ceremonial dancing, Australian native wildlife, Australian plants, interactions with Chinese settlers, spear fishing, and an interaction between an Aboriginal stockman and a squatter.

Biography/History

"Tommy McRae is generally believed to have been a Wahgunyah man of the Kwatkwat people whose country stretched south of the Murray River near the junction of the Goulburn River in Victoria. He lived in or close to the Upper Murray all his life and was a well known identity to the Aboriginal and settler population throughout the region. During his life McRae witnessed and recorded in drawings the establishment of pastoral settler society in his country."--Acquisitions documentation.

Notes

Title devised by cataloguer based on acquisitions documentation.

Inscriptions: "R M. Lucas, 1"--Cover; "J. Lucas, Wahgunyah"--Cover verso; "The pen & ink sketches in this book were done about Xmas 1881 entirely by 'Tommy McRae', an Australian Aboriginal, for my brother J.L., at Wahgunyah. I saw Tommy McRae at work upon them. R.M. Lucas."--Opposite cover verso.

Condition: Spotting, yellowing, stains, tear bottom left hand corner of cover, tear top centre of back cover.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-153001535

Source of Acquisition Purchased 2013. 
Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Wahgunyah Region -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Pictorial works.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Hunting -- Victoria -- Wahgunyah Region -- Pictorial works.  |  Weapons, Aboriginal Australian -- Victoria -- Wahgunyah Region -- Pictorial works.  |  Hand-to-hand fighting -- Victoria -- Wahgunyah Region -- Pictorial works.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Wahgunyah Region -- Relations with Chinese -- Pictorial works.
Other authors/contributors McRae, Tommy, approximately 1836-1901
Exhibited Exhibited: Treasures Gallery NLA: Iteration 10: 24.08.2015 - 2016  Exhibited: Treasures Gallery, National Library of Australia, 16a April, 2016 

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Members of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori communities are advised that this catalogue contains names and images of deceased people. All users of the catalogue should also be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written.