DETAIL : Jimmy BAKER 'Katatjita' 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of Marshall Arts Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, � Jimmy Baker
Elaine RUSSELL | Bagging potatoes

Australia 1941
Bagging potatoes 2004
Painted Sketch
synthetic polymer paint on paper
78.0 (h) x 97.0 (w) cm
Purchased 2004
NGA 2004.315
© Elaine Russell

While living on Murrin Bridge Mission we were not allowed to leave unless we had permission from the manager. On certain occasions he would let us leave, for funerals for example, or to work for farmers, picking peas and bagging potatoes. So we left and worked on that farm for one month. It was hard work, but we saved our money. As a going girl I thought it was wonderful; we slept in a barn on top of the hay then, when the month was up, we went into town to shop and then back to the mission.

Elaine Russell, 2004