- Museum number
- Object: Waran-drenin
Watercolour drawing of Waran-drenin, aka Mary and wife of Morum-morum-been, an Aboriginal woman from the Ballarat region of Victoria, wearing a possum skin cloak.
- Production date
Height: 21.50 centimetres
Width: 14.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The word 'lubra' in the inscription is an offensive term once used to refer to an Aboriginal woman or a girl.
This work is described as "1 pencil drawing of 'Waran-drenin' Warreneep Tribe, Mr W Strutt, 1852" in Barnard Davis' "List of Ethnographical objects collected by the late George Augustus Robinson, and purchased of [sic] his widow, March 29 1867" - See MS 147, RAI Archives.
Robinson's Journal for 19 May 1852 notes: 'Strut (sic) brought three portraits of Aborigines'. Also on 22 May 1852: '£2.2.0 charged by Strut for drawing of natives'.
See Ian D. Clark, Journals of G A Robinson, 2000:p.40.
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- This drawing was amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of J B Davis' estate in early 1883. It was one of a series of drawings, prints, paintings and ethnographic objects relating to Australia which J B Davis purchased in 1867 from Rose Robinson, G A Robinson's widow.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 28 (Davis Catalogue MS 145 RAI 1867)
Miscellaneous number: Oc2006-Drg41-Str