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Port Macquarie c 1840

By Joseph Backler

Joseph Backler was convicted for forging cheques and transported to Sydney in 1832. The convict indents describe him as being a painter, of fair and freckled complexion with sandy hair and hazel eyes, standing five feet and five inches.

He spent nine years at Port Macquarie and during this time produced many views of the settlement. He was granted a ticket-of-leave in 1842 on the condition that he remained in the service of Sydney framemakers, carvers and gilders Messrs Cetta and Hughes.

Backler made a number of versions of this view — clearly it was popular with his patrons, who do seem to have been Port Macquarie locals.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
ML 354
Published date:
c 1840
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Creator died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Monday, 1 January 1900
Finished Monday, 1 January 1900
Started Monday, 1 January 1900
Finished Monday, 1 January 1900