Mosman Art Gallery

Post by Katrina Cashman · Fri 12 Aug 2011 ·

Dr. Keith Vincent Smith lecture at Mosman Art Gallery

Earlier this year we were very grateful to have a lecture at the Gallery by Sydney historian, Dr. Keith Vincent Smith, “The Many Faces of Bungaree”.

This insightful presentation revealed the myriad of historical portraits of Bungaree, who as an indigenous leader in the early 19th century, was a man of two worlds, bridging indigenous and white colonial cultures and society. As a result, Bungaree was most sought after as a subject for portraits and indeed at the time, his portrait was painted more than any other person in the Sydney Colony.

Dr Smith’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the Sydney Colony and these evocative portraits brought Bungaree’s story to life, in a thought provoking and enjoyable experience for a very appreciative audience.

The article he wrote for the Dictionary of Sydney and references in this talk is linked here: Bungaree.