Monday August 15, 2011

The many faces of Bungaree

Bungaree, known as the Chief of the Broken Bay Aborigines, was a central figure in early Colonial Sydney. As an Aboriginal leader, he was the first person known to have been called an ‘Australian’.

His story presents a rich and layered history of one man’s remarkable exploits and ability to navigate calamitous times to become a highly respected leader, and bridge between Aboriginal and white cultures.

Dr. Keith Vincent Smith, an eminent historian, author and curator, spoke recently at Mosman Art Gallery. This talk and his Dictionary of Sydney entry on Bungaree are an excellent resource for those studying Sydney and Australia’s early history.

Mosman Library also has the following books available:

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