The gift of a breastplate was regarded as an honour by non-Aboriginal people, however, the reaction of Aboriginal people varied. Museum information: The survivors owed their lives to the valiant efforts of a group of Aboriginal men from Quandamooka Moreton Bay.
Most pre-date living memory, with the majority having been given out between the mid nineteenth and very early twentieth century. Queensland Museum Network acknowledges the Turrbal and Yugara Jagera Peoples who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which Queensland Museum stands. Curio collecting has always been part of early exploration of the new world.