The Concilation and The National Picture.

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'The Conciliation', 1840, shows a single white man, George Augustus Robinson, amidst a group of local, traditionally portrayed and behaving Tasmanian Aborigines.

The main purpose of the text is to explain and present the initial reaction and effect that occurred when George Robinson was first sent on his journey to Tasmania to conciliate with and relocate the Aborigines there. The text is showing what happened before the actual event of moving them, and their initial views and outlooks on the situation. The text helps to visually express the scene of what happened when Robinson arrived and the confusion and curiosity of the Aboriginal people.

The main visual elements in the text are made up of the people's positions and expressions. The body language shown is important in the understanding of the text.

There are a lot of different perspectives and views shown in the Aborigines faces on the issue of George Robinson's proposal, and whether they want to trust him or not.

The Aborigines closest to Robinson, such as the man on his right which is shaking his hand, and the two women pointing towards him, suggest that they are trustworthy and want to accept him and cooperate with his ideas and proposition. Whereas there are other Aborigines in the picture, that appear not so sure about the whole idea. The man which is standing behind yet slightly to the right of Robinson and has the other man's hand on his shoulder, doesn't appear to want to trust him. The Aborigine, who is shaking his hand and appears trusting, is looking towards the other man and showing that he wants to respect Robinson, yet the one behind is looking at this man like he doesn't want to get involved and telling him by facial expression that it doesn't sound like such a good idea. Another man who is kneeling behind the two pointing women also shows this. They seem to want to trust Robinson as well, yet the kneeling Aboriginal man is reaching towards the closest woman's shoulder as in to hold her back and not to trust this white stranger.

There are other figures in the text which don't appear to want to have anything to do with the situation, such as the two men who are sitting on the ground and are clearly only focusing on their traditional hunting ways and preparing for a hunt by fixing up their spears. The animals in the text also represent their traditional lifestyle of hunting, their wildlife and what they hunted, (such as the kangaroo).

George Augustus Robinson is portrayed as wanting to appear a trusting, sincere man and gain the Aborigines respect without needing to present them with any form of contributions or gifts to alter their lifestyle. He wanted them to trust him and accept his ideas as a person and by not using force. His face expresses a powerful look, to show that he knows what he's doing; yet there is also a hint of smugness and sneakiness in his eyes, which is perhaps why some of the Aborigines appear to not want to trust him at all.


The purpose of the text, 'The National Picture', 1985, is a modernised version of 'The Conciliation', and shows what happened after George Augustus Robinson had succeeded in transferring the Aborigines out of Tasmania.

It shows the changes that occurred when the Aborigines were gone, what the "new owners" of the land, (white people), did to it and changed about it to make it more suited to their such different lifestyle.

The whole environment is completely changed and typical of today's standards. The text is set out in exactly the same layout as The Conciliation, as in people in the same positions, and some of the original scenery and images which have been taken from the first text to make it relate and seem distinct on what The National Picture is trying to show.

By the use the same positions and layout of people, but giving them different expressions and tools of modern day time, the text, The National Picture creates a whole...
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