Putting names to faces
THE world’s most complete collection of photographs of Aboriginals and pioneers is housed at the Grafton Regional Gallery.
A historical collection of 37 photographs taken by internationally famed John William Lindt in his Grafton studio back in 1873 was saved from going under the hammer in a London auction and brought back to the Clarence Valley.
After reading an article in the Sydney Morning Herald about the local Aboriginal community being saddened that the record of their ancestors was to leave Australia and be auctioned, Sam and Janet Cullen took a vested interest in the historical collection.
In 2004 the couple donated the sentimental collection to the regional art gallery.
Yesterday, representatives from the Aboriginal communities within the Clarence Valley met to develop a project with an Australian Story journalist to identify descendants in the photographs.
“We’ve looked at the photographs and we can see a resemblance in descendants but a lot of time has passed,” Aboriginal community member Irene Daley said.
“The photographs are very sentimental and historical and are a living memory.”