- Museum number
Drawing; figures of nine people in a canoe on the Mersey River, northern Tasmania, five are paddling and one is steering. On the land close by, there is an oval tent, many trees and four people standing away from each other. 1830
Graphite and ink on paper.
- Production date
Height: 32.30 centimetres
Width: 20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This is part of a collection of twenty-nine drawings, seven of which are on the opposite side of another drawing.
Robinson's journal 16 September 1830: 'Went up the river in the boat as far as possible, manned by the aborigines, but saw no natives...Numerous swans was preparing their nests...The natives all round the island frequent the rivers in the egging season and take their eggs...Returned in the boat to the tent which was about a mile up from the entrance to the river...Followed the track of the natives for about three miles and bivouacked for the night. At night the natives sang'.
(See Plomley, Friendly Mission).
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- This was probably part of the collection of artworks and ethnographic objects which Joseph Barnard Davis (q.v.) acquired from Robinson's widow in the 1860s, and which AW Franks (q.v.) later purchased for the British Museum at the auction sale of Davis's estate in 1883.
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg101-Rob