England 1906 – 1986
Head stockman, Canning Stock Route, Western Australia
gelatin silver photograph
39.2 (h) x 31.5 (w) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Canning Stock Route is the world’s longest historic stock route and was notoriously difficult to traverse. Teams were led by white pastoralists but their success depended on the skill and knowledge of Aboriginal stockmen and women. An assisted passage bought Axel Poignant to Australia in 1926. The daily life of Indigenous Australians is documented with sensitivity, acknowledging the dignity and nobility of these stockmen.