Bungaree's recruitments

Bungaree is recruited from Broken Bay by Mathew Flinders to accompany his voyage of exploration in the Porpoise. He is probably 18 years old. Flinders writes of him, “His achievements are many, his character excellent and his conduct on the voyage assisted Flinders to survive the numerous meetings with many Aboriginal clans”. (Smith 1992)

  • 'Boungarie', drawn by Mikhailov, 1820, Courtesy AIATSIS
  • Portrait of Bungaree, by Augustus Earle courtesy of the National Library of Australia

Bungaree is recruited by Lieutenant Grant in the ship Lady Nelson. He helps guide the exploration of the Hunter River.