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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Waran-drenin
  • Description

    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.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1852
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 21.5 centimetres
    • Width: 14.6 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Content

        Waran-drenin, [of the] Warreneep Tribe [written at the bottom left of drawing].
        Warran-drenin, alias Mary, Lubra of Morum-morum-been [written horizontally on the left of the drawing]
        Signed W.Strutt 1852 [bottom right of drawing]
  • Curator's comments

    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 ArchivesRobinson's Journal for 19 May 1852 notes: 'Strut (sic) brought three portraits of Aborigines'. See Ian D. Clark, Journals of G A Robinson, 2000:p.40.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition


  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    This drawing was amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of JB Davis' estate in early 1883. It was one of a series of drawings. prints, paintings and ethnographic objects relating to Australia which JB Davis purchased in 1867 from Rose Robinson, GA Robinson's widow.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 28 (Davis Catalogue MS 145 RAI 1867)
    • Oc2006-Drg41-Str
Drawing; woman covered with a skin robe.  Australia.  Watercolour

Drawing; woman covered with a skin robe. Australia. Watercolour

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