Historical information

In the early days of colonial Australia the governors and the land holders saw advantage in singling out certain First Nations people as leaders and distinguishing them in some way. This chest plate was issued to "King George" of the Koenghegulluk Clan of the Djargurd Wurrung whose Country was near Lake Colongulac. This chest plate is inscribed "King Colungulac" and is held in the Museum Victoria collection. ""King George"" is pictured wearing the chest plate in a photograph of First Nations people at Framlingham Mission in 1867.

Physical description

Colour photograph of brass chest plate inscribed "KING GEORGE COLUNGULAC"

Inscriptions & markings

Front: "KING GEORGE COLUNGULAC"; Back: XP49214 Museum Victoria