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King of Big River

This gorget looks to have been made by a blacksmith. The chain from which it hung is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. The iron links of the chain were hand made from square wire and it is attached to the gorget by round wire links.

Engraved breastplate.
Jemmy, King of Big River

No information about Jemmy has been uncovered. However, Big River may have been near the Big Leather Watercourse which feeds into the Gwydir River at Moree and flows towards the Barwon River.

Evidence for the location of Big River is found on another of the Museum’s gorgets, that made for U. Robert, King of Big Leather and Big River Tribes (collection number 1985.59.364). The association of Big Leather with Big River indicates their close proximity.

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