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Drawing; scenery with mountain range in the background; there are five closely located houses along a river which is in the foreground; three figures in a boat, trees along the river bank with reeds in the river. There are several pencil notes all over the drawing and on reverse indicating it is McMillan's cattle station on the Avon River in Gippsland, with the distant bluff of Mt Wellington at rear. 1843
Graphite on paper
- Production date
- 3 October 1843
Height: 16.30 centimetres
Width: 27.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This is part of a collection of twenty-nine drawings by GA Robinson held by the British Museum, seven of which are on the opposite side of another drawing.
The Avon River is a river in West Gippsland, Victoria, not far from Mt Wellington. Angus McMillan (1810-1865) was a settler in Gippsland heavily involved in frontier conflict with Aboriginal people. In 1845 he was squatting on the Avon River at his property 'Bushy Park'.
Notes on the back suggest that the drawing may have been considered as suitable for developing into a lithograph. Although sketch is dated 3 October 1843, Robinson's journal records on that day he 'went to Narre Warreen with Thomas' [William Thomas]. See Ian D. Clarke ed. 'The Journals of George Augustus Robinson. Chief Protector, Port Phillip Aboriginal Protectorate Volume 3: 1 September 1841-31 December 1843. Revised edition 2014.
- 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-Drg115-Rob