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Port Macquarie, NSW c 1840

By Joseph Backler

Joseph Backler arrived in Sydney as a convict in 1832, and within a year he was sent to Port Macquarie penal settlement in 1833 because of poor behaviour. While in Port Macquarie he was commissioned to make several views of the settlement. At least four of these have survived — all taken from the northern side of the Hastings River.

Across the series of paintings, three of which are in the Library’s collection, the depiction of the buildings remains largely the same. The foreground details vary to show people engaged in different activities — fishermen pull in their nets, and convicts flee from pursuers. In this painting, a gentleman is seen on horseback.

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Collection Item Type:
Oil on canvas
Call Number:
DG 107
Published date:
c 1840
On display:
Exhibition Galleries
Copyright Information:

Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955

Please acknowledge: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales

Display Location:
Exhibition Galleries
Historical Dates
Started Tuesday, 1 January 1833
Finished Saturday, 31 December 1842
Started Tuesday, 1 January 1833
Finished Saturday, 31 December 1842