‘Melbourne from Collingwood’ 1847

On 30 August 1835 a party of Tasmanian speculators disembarked from the schooner Enterprize on the banks of Birrarung (the Yarra), beginning the settlement later named Melbourne. But of course this was occupied Country. This lithograph by John Skinner Prout, produced in Hobart following a visit to Melbourne in 1846-47, shows an Aboriginal group seated on their land in the vicinity of Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, which remains an important meeting place.

John Skinner Prout
1805—1876

Melbourne from Collingwood 1847
lithograph and watercolour
image: 22.8cm (height) x 37.6cm (width)
sheet (irreg.): 28.5cm (height) x 42.5cm (width)
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Gift of the Russell and Mab Grimwade Bequest 1973
1973.0426