O’Brien, George (1821-88; Irish/New Zealander)
Melbourne in 1839 (c.1853?)
Pencil with later additions in pen and ink, 25.1 x 52.6 cm
Donated by John Pascoe Fawkner, 1868
State Library of Victoria (H254)

According to the State Library, this drawing is “probably a retrospective reconstruction of an 1839 view.”

NGV 1905 identifies O’Brien as the artist, and also indicates that the sketch shows the view towards Hobson’s Bay from Spring Street (more likely Swanston Street, according to the SLV). 


NGV 1894, p.118 (V. Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.71: artist not named); NGV 1905, p.127 (V.Buvelot Gallery, 3rd bay, no.6: as by O’Brien)