They Came By Boat

Image: Joseph Lycett, View upon the Nepean River at the Cowpastures, New South Wales, 1824-1825

Exhibition: 30 June to 15 October 2017
Opening: Thursday 29 June, 6pm

They Came by Boat presents artworks from the Campbelltown City Council permanent collection including nineteenth century portraits, landscapes and scientific illustrations relating to the Macarthur region.

In both landscape and society these artworks represent the region as perceived by convicts and new arrivals from Colonial England. During a period where art was a tool to both elevate status and possibly gain freedom for those punished under the Convict regime, They Came by Boat draws focus to early settler families who journeyed over oceans, arriving to Australia and eventually settling in what is now known as Macarthur; the houses they built and the landscape they inhabited.

By guest curator – Ruth Banfield


Gracius Broinowski
Joseph Lycett
Arthur Willmore
Joseph Backler
Thomas Kirkby
John Scarr
Samuel Bradshaw