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[Silver breastplate] Presented by His Excellency Sir Charles Augustus Fitz Roy K.H., Governor of New South Wales, to Jackey Jackey...
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SAFE / R 453
Objects : Silver breastplate, engraved with images of two swans and a fox ; 12 x 15.3 cm.
Administrative / Biographical Note
Jackey Jackey was an Aboriginal person from the Merton district near Muswellbrook, New South Wales. He accompanied Edmund Kennedy, Assistant Surveyor, on an expedition to Cape York Peninsula in 1848. Jackey Jackey was with Kennedy when the latter was killed by natives at the Escape River. He then proceeded to Cape York and the waiting supply ship which then brought assistance to the survivors at Shelburne Bay. Reference: 'Stories in Silver' exhibition, State Library of New South Wales, 1996.
Presented by J. E. Byrnes, Esq. 1966
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Signatures / Inscriptions
Titled from inscription Full inscription reads: "Presented by His Excellency Sir Charles Augustus Fitz Roy K.H., Governor of New South Wales, to Jackey Jackey, An Aboriginal Native of that Colony, In testimony of the fidelity with which he followed the late Assistant Surveyor E.B.C. Kennedy, throughout his exploration of York Peninsula in the year 1848; the noble daring with which he supported that lamented Gentleman, when mortally wounded by the Natives of Escape River, the courage with which, after having affectionately tended the last moments of his Master, he made his way through hostile Tribes, and an unknown Country, to Cape York; and finally the unexampled sagacity with which he conducted the succour that there awaited the Expedition to the rescue of the other survivors of it, who had been left at Shelbourne Bay."
Believed to have been made by Brush & MacDonnell, Sydney, from contemporary newspaper reports, ca. 1851. Reproduced in Australian Silver 1800-1900 / John B. Hawkins. Sydney : National Trust of Australia (N.S.W.), 1973 (ML REF1/A927.37/1A1). It describes the Maker: Brush & MacDonnell, Weight: 5 ozs, Width: 15 cm, Date: circa 1851.
Brush & MacDonnell
FitzRoy, Charles Augustus, Sir, 1796-1858
Jackey Jackey, d. 1854
Kennedy, Edmund Besley Court, 1818-1848
Aboriginal peoples (Australians)
Poignant Regalia: 19th century aboriginal breastplates & images
Stories in silver
Nelson Meers Foundation Heritage Collection - April 2008 - March 2009
Mari Nawi : Aboriginal Odysseys 1790 - 1850
Learning Services Program display 2014 - 2015
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