‘Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe’

The Sydney Gazette on 4 February reports that “on this occasion, sixteen of the natives, with wives and families, were assembled, and his Excellency the Governor, in consideration of the general wish expressed by them, appointed Boogaree (who had been long known as one of the most friendly of this race, and well acquainted with our language), to be their chief, at the same time presenting him with a badge distinguishing his quality as ‘Chief of the Broken Bay Tribe’”. (Sydney Gazette, 4 February 1815)

  • Site of old Customs shed, Pittwater
  • Bungaree, Augustus Earle Courtesy of The National Library of Australia