Childhoods past
Writing patterns

Introduction | Social events | Political events | Special events | Personal and cultural identity | Hermannsberg and Aurukun school

School and family life | Writing patterns | Fingerpainting | Observations of daily life | 'Reach for the apple' | Frances Derham


Frances Derham believed that fingerpainting - a technique developed by Ruth Faison Shaw in America in 1932 – was an important avenue of expression for a child, combining rhythmic movements, tactile connections and particular opportunities for children to experience colour mixing.


Robin Potter

A ship in a very rough sea

30.4 x 48.6 cm


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Lola Creed

Miss Russell and balls

46.0 x 58.6cm


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