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- Object: Queen Flora from Oyster Bay
Drawing; it depicts 'Queen Flora' (Palorimeenona), a Tasmanian Aborignal woman, standing with her head slightly tilted to her left. She is wearing a cap, a neck-ornament and a long white garment hanging from her left shoulder, and is holding a long cord [?] in her right hand. 1845.
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Height: 25 centimetres
Width: 17.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
According to Robert Clark, the catechist at Flinders Island, Flora's Aboriginal name was 'Palorimeenona', meaning emu. See BM Pic Doc 171.
One of a series of twenty one portraits of Tasmanian Aboriginal people completed by Prout during a visit to the Wybalenna Aboriginal Station on Flinders Island in February and March 1845.
'Flora was born near Ben Lomond - was with her Tribe when they were fired upon by night by a party of Soldiers - all the adults were killed - was then a girl - her breasts did not come for two years after - afterwards she made her escape to Ben Lomond with her Brother - the Natives of Ben Lomond came to the sealing men, and she remained with one of them, John Brown, until his death by drowning, - after which Mr Robinson took her to Gun Carriage, and from thence here to Flinder’s Island.'- From notes given to Prout in 1845 by Robert Clark, Catechist at Wybalenna, Flinders Island (contained in Ethdoc 915).
- Not on display
- Window mounted, in good condition.
- Acquisition notes
- In 1856 the artist John Skinner Prout sold Joseph Barnard Davis a collection of 36 of his portraits of Australian Aborigines and Maori people. After Davis's death in 1881, these portraits, along with other pictorial and ethnographic material, were acquired by the British Museum.
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Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg23-Pro