Burigon and his clan perform a ceremonial corroboree

During Govenor Macquarie’s second official visit to Newcastle, Burigon and his clan perform for him a night-time ceremonial corroboree. Lycett’s “Corroboree at Newcastle” may depict or have been inspired by this event. After Macquarie’s return to Sydney, he is “in Raptures” over all he has seen. The pencil sketch of “Ba La Watam Ba of the Coal River” (Hunter River) once belonged to Governor Macquarie. It no doubt depicts an important man with tribal scarification. It was probably acquired by Macquarie as a souvenir of one of his many tours of inspection at this expanding settlement. (Ellis, 9, SLNSW).