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Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere

Jean Coutant (engraver) after Jacques Etienne Victor Arago1825

National Portrait Gallery

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These five men, of whom two – Broughton and Timbery – are described in the historical record, were sketched by French artist Jacques Arago in late 1819, while the vessel Uranie, captained by Louis-Claude Freycinet, was in Sydney. Jean Coutant’s engraving of the five portraits was included in the official atlas of the Freycinet expedition published in Paris in 1825. Broughton (1798 – c.1850) was the name given by surgeon and explorer Charles Throsby to Toodood, a man of the Dharawal (Tharawal) people who acted as a guide and interpreter to Throsby, Alexander Berry and others in their travels in the Shoalhaven in the 1820s. Over the years, Broughton helped settlers by ‘recruiting Aboriginal labour, keeping the peace, capturing bushrangers, droving cattle and providing his own labour’. By the early 1840s the colonists considered him the Shoalhaven area’s leading Aboriginal man. Timbéré or Timbery (1784–1840) was a Dharawal (Tharawal) leader from the Five Islands area near the current Wollongong. Members of the Timbery family are said to have been present when Cook – and later Phillip – dropped anchor in Botany Bay, and are said to have directed both captains to fresh water sources and fishing spots. In 1816 Governor Lachlan Macquarie named Timbery ‘King of the Five Islands’ at a gathering of Aboriginal people in Parramatta.

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  • Title: Nlle. Holland Port Jackson: Sauvages des environs de Sydney: Nani, Taran, Abinghou, Broten, Timbere
  • Creator: Jean Coutant (engraver) after Jacques Etienne Victor Arago
  • Date Created: 1825
  • Physical Dimensions: sheet: 33.5 x 50.0 cm
  • Provenance: Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra Purchased 2015
  • Rights: https://www.portrait.gov.au/form-image-request.php
  • External Link: https://www.portrait.gov.au/portraits/2015.89
  • Medium: Line engraving

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