(1824 - 1903)
William Barak was active/lived in Australia. William Barak is known for painting.
Biography William Barak
Carol Cooper notes that although William Barak adopted
the Christian faith, 'he rose to become an influential spokesman for
the rights of his people and a crucially important informant about their
traditional culture.' (C. Cooper et al, Aboriginal Australia, Sydney:
Australian Gallery Directors Council, 1981, p.116)
Sayers writes with regard to Barak that 'by the 1890s (Barak) was the
most famous Aboriginal person in Victoria. Barak was regarded by
Europeans and Aborigines as an extraordinary survivor, a man who had
been born into Aboriginal society in the early 1820s, before his people
had contact with Europeans and who as a boy, witnesse
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