Painting

Maker & role
Gordon Syron (b.1941), Artist
Production date
1999
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Object detail

Title
Invasion III
Production place
Collection
Measurements
0 - Whole, H: 138 x W: 183cm (H: 1380 x W: 1830mm)
Credit line
Purchase, 2020
Museum of Sydney Collection, Museums of History New South Wales
Caption
Invasion III, oil painting by Gordon Syron, 1999
Description
Depicts the arrival of a rowing boat of invading redcoat soldiers stepping ashore at Port Jackson bringing the English flag, rum and the religious accessories, showing Indigenous people and Mimi spirits; Southern cross constellation is visible in the top centre of the canvas; predominately blue and white with touches of red.

Syron has said of his work “I want to show the negative feelings of the Aboriginal people; the truth is the way it was. The white master race came and took our land and did not even have the courtesy to ask us or buy it. They said we weren't even human beings when they claimed our land as 'terra nullius'. British law is all right for the British but Aboriginal law, customs, language, dance, Mimi spirits have been around a lot longer than ‘British law’ ”.
Accession number
MOS2020/2

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