Balloderree

Balloderree

Port Jackson Painter
Watercolour and ink, 1788 - 1797 © The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London
Watling collection

Balloderree, of the Burramattagal (Parramatta clan), initiated trade with the colonists, exchanging fish he had caught for vegetables, rice and bread. But this relationship soured when a group of convicts destroyed his canoe. Balloderree speared a convict in retaliation – a justified response under Eora Nation law. But under the British law of the colony, he was declared a felon and banned from the area.

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The Art of the First Fleet book

The Art of the First Fleet book

Enjoy rare watercolours, ink and pencil drawings and some of the only visual records of the lives of the indigenous Eora people of Australia.

These beautiful illustrations, by artists on board the First Fleet, document the sights witnessed by the first Europeans to colonise Australia.

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