Matavia Bay, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Attributed to Richard Browne
Biographical History: Biraban (Magil, McGill, Magill, Eaglehawk, We-pohng) (fl.1819-1842): An Aboriginal leader who was a member of the Awabakal or Newcastle tribe. From boyhood he was servant to an officer at the military barracks, Sydney, where he learnt to speak English fluently, and was given the name John McGill. He served as an interpreter in court cases involving Aborigines, Governor Darling recognising him as `king of the tribe at Lake Macquarie' -- Ref: Dictionary of Australian Artists Online.
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