Petrie Tableau, King George Square, Brisbane

Margaret  Hyde

Ulverstone, Australia

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1292 viewings on 4 July, 2016.

The Petrie tableau is the work of Stephen Walker commissioned to mark the Australian Bi-centennial in 1988. It depicts the Petrie family who were the first free settling family in the local district.

Andrew Petrie, 1798 – 20 February, 1872, builder, architect and Australian pioneer travelled to Brisbane aboard the “James Watt” and was transferred to Kings Jetty (now North Quay) by convicts.

The Tableau depicts the departure of Andrew Petrie for an inland expedition, Mary, his wife giving him a water bottle, daughter Isabella watching. Tom is playing with an Aboriginal friend. Tom’s later experiences were recorded and became classic documents of Aboriginal tribal life. John, later the Mayor of Brisbane, a prominent engineer, is holding the horse while a recently freed convict looks on.

Taken with my Lumix DMC-TZ3

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