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Balloderree at Balls Head, Kuringgai, Balls Head, New South Wales, 2002 [picture] / Jon Rhodes
Bib ID 4267455
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Rhodes, Jon, 1947-
 
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Description 2002 
1 panel (7 photographs) : gelatin silver ; panel 101.5 x 152.5 cm. 
Series

Rhodes, Jon, 1947- Cage of ghosts, 1994-2006

Summary

The images on the panel are of a 6.5m rock engraving of a whale, enclosed by a white rail fence at Balls Head. Inside the whale, close to the tail is a figure of a man who is thought to be a "carradhy" or "clever man". The panel includes a reproduction of a portrait of Balloderree by the Port Jackson Painter held by the British Museum. Balloderree was about 19-20 years old and had been living at Governor Phillip's house at Sydney Cove in 1790. Balloderree contracted a serious illness and despite attempts by a "carradhy" to exorcise the malevolent spirits, Balloderree died. He was buried in the Governor's garden on the 17 December 1791.

Notes

Title devised by cataloguer based on inscription.

Part of the collection: Cage of ghosts, 1994-2006.

Inscriptions: "Balloderree at Balls Head, Kuringgai, Balls Head, NSW, 2002, Rock engravings"--Exhibition caption.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-147622062

Source of Acquisition Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Jon Rhodes, 2007. 
Subjects Petroglyphs -- New South Wales -- Balls Head -- Photographs.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- New South Wales -- Portraits.  |  Kuringgai (Australian people) -- Social life and customs -- Photographs.  |  Balls Head (N.S.W.) -- Photographs.
Other authors/contributors Port Jackson Painter, active 1788-1792  |  Rhodes, Jon, 1947-
Terms of Use Copyright restrictions may apply. 
Exhibited Exhibited: Cage of Ghosts, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 27 September to 25 November 2007. 

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