Bungaree sets up a town camp at Kirribilli
North Coastal - 1799

Bungaree is described by David Collins, the first Judge Advocate of the colony, as “a native of the Northside of Broken Bay”. His people have travelled through the Ku-ring-gai language area from Lake Macquarie to Kirribili.

On 8 July, Bungaree joins Matthew Flinders on a journey to explore around the north (Brisbane). The explorer describes him as “a good disposition” and having “manly conduct”. Bungaree acts as an interpreter and go-between with the Aboriginal people that the ship encounters. He makes friends with Flinders’ cat, Trim.

  • Bungaree, Augustus Earle Courtesy of The National Library of Australia

The explorers fire their muskets at Aboriginal people on Bribie Island.