Truggernana, a native of southern part of V.D. Land

Benjamin Duterrau1835

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

Trukanini (c. 1812-1876) was a Nuennone woman from Bruny Island. After several members of her family had been abducted or killed by settlers, including her prospective husband Paraweena, Woorrady became her partner in 1829. Trukanini and Woorrady travelled with G A Robinson, official Protector of Aborigines, whose goal was to remove Indigenous people from Tasmania to his mission on Flinders Island, for the supposed benefit of both native and settler populations. After her death in 1876 Trukanini's skeleton was taken from her grave, and it was displayed publicly at the Tasmanian Museum from 1904 to 1947. In 1976 her remains were cremated and her ashes were scattered in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. During her lifetime and beyond Trukanini was known as the last of Tasmania's Indigenous people. However, other Tasmanian Indigenous women were abducted by European settlers working on islands in Bass Strait and on Kangaroo Island, and their descendants still live in the area today.


  • Title: Truggernana, a native of southern part of V.D. Land
  • Creator: Benjamin Duterrau
  • Date Created: 1835
  • Physical Dimensions: 34.7 x 25.4 cm, plate-mark: 27.0 x 16.3 cm, image: 22.5 x 14.0 cm
  • Medium: etching, printed in black ink from one copper plate

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