LHS: Coola–benn, Native Chief of Ashe Island Hunters River, New South Wales 1820 . 31.0 x 22.0cm
RHS: Burgun 1820. 30.5 x 22.0cm
Newcastle Art Gallery has an important collection of colonial landscapes depicting the early settlement of this area. Works by Richard Browne, Joseph Lycett, Walter Preston and Captain James Wallis depict natural land formations such as the ubiquitous Coal Island or Nobbys Head, and the early layout of streets and buildings. Richard Browne’s distinctive portraits are important documents of the Worimi and Awabakal peoples. These works related to the original inhabitants of this region Newcastle Art Gallery has further built the picture of the early days in Newcastle.