William Barak was a leader of the Wurundjeri and King of the Yarra Yarra. He was considered 'bridge builder of the Kulin nation' leaving a strong legacy as a prominent leader, spokesperson, artist, activist and cultural ambassador for his people..

Over his lifetime William Barak created a series of unique paintings, drawings and artefacts, recording the traditional ways of his culture and passing this knowledge down through the generations. Most of his paintings were completed at Coranderrk reserve in his later years and it was during his last two decades that he painted the ceremonial side of Wurundjeri culture - in particular, corroborees and related ceremonial dance.