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Childhoods past
Hermannsberg and Arukun school

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

 

In 1938 Frances Derham visited Aboriginal missions at Hermannsburg in central Australia and in 1948 Aurukun in northern Queensland. These trips were arduous with many days in transit by train or boat to reach the remote communities. While there, Derham supplied the children with drawing materials and held outdoor art classes. The range of images she collected provides a glimpse into the children's life experiences – going to church, pig hunting, and fishing.

 

BT
Aurukun

Pig

27.0 x 37.6 cm

 

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Brian Pamtoonda
Aurukun

Pig hunting

17.0 x 21.0 cm

 

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Sailor Koomdtta
Aurukun

Untitled

21.0 x 16.4 cm

 

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Bobbie Kummara
Aurukun

The stockmen mustering the cows

16.6 x 21.0 cm

 

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Maud Pamkotchata
Aurukun

Mrs Derham on the water tank

16.6 x 20.2 cm

 

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NK
Aurukun

Four barramundi

36.2 x 45.8 cm

 

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Bessie
Hermannsburg

Palm valley

38.0 x 25.2 cm

 

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Claude Panka
Hermannsberg

Aeroplane

29.6 x 49.6 cm

 

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Claude Panka
Hermannsberg

Aeroplane with map of Australia

29.4 x 49.6 cm

 

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Percy
Hermannsberg

Church

33.0 x 48.0 cm

 

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Massey
Palm Valley

Landscape

14.0 x 20.0 cm

 

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Sydney
Hermannsburg

Hermannsburg mission

15.2 x 43.8 cm

 

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Immanuel
Hermannsburg

Homestead

19.4 x 56.0cm

 

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Claude Panka
Hermannsburg

Horse and rider

31.0 x 41.2 cm

 

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Collin
Hermannsburg

Landscape with rainbow snakes

25.4 x 37.4 cm

 

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