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King Billy Australia

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Description

Handwritten message on reverse reads 'I had a good time coming / down in / the train with a girl / Dear Mr B Master Sydney St / Nov 1,1, 09 / You always said that / Langford had a good / thing on in Cobar Well I / seen him he was not done / a days work since he left / Cobar What a mug he was / Gill'

Physical description

Postcard featuring a colourised photograph of a seated Aboriginal man wearing a breastplate with the engraving "King Billy Australia". In the image the man is seated outside a house and is holding a billy and a swag. The image is labelled "King Billy Australia". There is a message on the reverse and the date "Nov 1, 1909".

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