C1814

View of Malay Road from Pobassoo’s Island.

Artist:

William Westall (1781 - 1850)

Whilst surveying the north western tip of the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1803 on the Investigator, Matthew Flinders encountered a fleet of six praus (a traditional outrigger boat used in south east Asia) led by the chief Pobassoo He conversed … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

View of Malay Road from Pobassoo’s Island.

Date:

C1814

Artist:

William Westall (1781 - 1850)

Engraver:

Samuel Middiman 
(1750 – 
1831)

Condition:

Repaired tear from lower sheet edge affecting the first letter in the title, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Image Size: 

225mm 
x 160mm
AUTHENTICITY
View of Malay Road from Pobassoo's Island. - Antique Print from 1814

Genuine antique
dated:

1814

Description:

Whilst surveying the north western tip of the Gulf of Carpentaria in 1803 on the Investigator, Matthew Flinders encountered a fleet of six praus (a traditional outrigger boat used in south east Asia) led by the chief Pobassoo He conversed with him through his Indonesian cook and was told that Pobassoo had previously made six to seven voyages from Macassar to Australia&#8217s northern coast to harvest trepang and that he had been one of the first to travel there. Flinders recounted that Pobassoo &#8216carried two small guns, obtained from the Dutch, others had only muskets … every Malay wears a cress or dagger&#8217. This annual harvest and the proximity of the Portuguese colony of Timor has led to the theory that Europeans may have made contact with Australia prior to that of the Dutch landing near present day Weipa in the Duyfken in 1606.

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