Mounted police and blacks
ID numberART50023
Collection typeArt
TitleMounted police and blacks
MeasurementSheet: 30 x 43.8 cm; Image: 10.9 x 18.2 cm
Object typePrint
MakerMundy, Godfrey Charles
Date made1852
Physical descriptionlithograph on paper
CopyrightCopyright expired - public domain
Description'Mounted Police and Blacks' depicts the killing of Aboriginals at Slaughterhouse Creek by British troops. The image appeared as the frontispiece to the first volume of Mundy's publication, 'Our Antipodes: or, Residence and Rambles in the Australasian colonies, with a Glimpse of the Goldfields' (3 vols, London, 1852). It was one of twelve landscape and stylised action scenes he drew for the volume. The lithograph was executed by W.L. Walton after sketches by Mundy and his wife, Louisa. The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre occured in 1838 when Mounted police, mostly European volunteers, set out in response to conflict on the Liverpool Plains north of central NSW. At 'Vinegar Hill', a site on Slaughterhouse Creek, 60 to 300 (exact number unknown) Aboriginals were reported killed. The European casualty was a Corporal speared in the leg.