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Drawing; drawn in a zig zag style, two figures, one of a person, the other possibly an animal (sheep?).
Ink on paper
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Height: 20.80 centimetres
Width: 8.50 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.
Inscription 'M. Goal pp' is assumed to refer to Melbourne Gaol Port Phillip.
Billy Billy was arrested for attacking sheep in the Grampians region (Mr Boyd's station) of Western Victoria in 1843. He was reportedly chained to a tree for seven weeks before being transported to Melbourne for trial. In June 1843 he was kept in the watchouse in Melbourne and visited by Aboriginal protector William Thomas and Chief Protector George Augustus Robinson. His trial was held in August 1843. William Thomas's journal of 3 August 1843 notes: 'Billy Billy alias Urquar is put to the bar, the usual course is adopted as in the case of Warrie & Coldmorne. Billy is very much frightened, jumps and roars and strives to get out of the Dock, gets hold of a constable's staff and tries to make a clearance. Billy is remanded till he can understand the proceedings, and he is removed out of court with much difficulty to his quarters'. Billy Billy was put to the bar again in September 1843, the Chief Protector was asked some questions, and Billy was discharged. On Robinson's orders, William Thomas took Billy Billy to the edge of town to make his way home, giving him bread and sugar but noted in a letter to Robinson: 'Had I been aware that he would have left me on the way I would have bought him a Tomahawk in order that he might have more readily the means of subsistence. I think that every Black released from Jail should have a Tomahawk when their Country is a considerable distance in order that they may get their maintenance along the way'.
- 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: Oc2006Drg106-Rob