Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree

William Fernyhough1836

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Cora Gooseberry (c. 1777–1852) was probably from the Cammeray clan, north of Sydney Harbour. Commonly known as Queen Gooseberry, for twenty years after the death of her partner, Bungaree, she was a well-known figure about Sydney. She was a vivid storyteller, and interpreted the rock carvings at North Head for the artist George French Angas and the police commissioner. Gooseberry was found dead at the Sydney Arms Hotel in June 1852. The publican paid for her burial and headstone in the Sandhills cemetery, but the stone was later removed to the pioneers’ cemetery at Botany, where it wore away. Gooseberry was portrayed by several early colonial artists.

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  • Title: Gooseberry, widow of King Bungaree
  • Creator: William Fernyhough
  • Date Created: 1836
  • Physical Dimensions: sheet: 26.3 x 18.9 cm
  • Provenance: Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Gift of Dr Robert Edwards AO 1999 Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
  • Rights: https://www.portrait.gov.au/form-image-request.php
  • External Link: https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits/1999.23.3
  • Medium: Lithograph on paper