Billy Blue, 18341834

by J.B. East

William 'Billy' Blue was a Jamaican convict ferry master of some local fame because of his aphorisms and lively banter. Governor Macquarie gave him a grant of land on the North Shore - now Blues Point

This portrait is probably the one mentioned in the Australian 9 May 1834. It is also probably the one given to the Library in 1933 by a Mr. J.E. Blue, of North Sydney
John B. East (fl. early 1830s)


Signed & dated lower left "J. B. East 183[4]"