The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn gift

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David Wallace

David Wallace Stockman and horse 1997, recycled materials including wire, fabric, plastic, buttons, National Gallery of Australia more detail

Stockman and horse

David Wallace has been making bush toys for the children of his community since he was a teenager. Like many bush toys, Wallace's items are made from salvaged materials and, generally, whatever is available at the time. The stockmen on horseback are made from recycled copper wires wound tightly together, and the figures have been dressed using a range of found and salvaged items.

The choice of the stockman invites us to look at the social history of the region in which Aboriginal people have been central to the pastoral industry for generations.

Objects used for hunting, ceremonies and everyday activities, including bush toys, have been collected and documented by field anthropologists, explorers and mission workers in remote Aboriginal communities since the early 20th century.