The light of day: J W Lindt photographs at RAHS

Seated man holding a fishing net, 1873 (photograph by John William Lindt, courtesy Grafton Regional Gallery Collection, gift of Sam and Janet Cullen and family 2004)

John William Lindt’s 1870s photographs of Aboriginal people in the Clarence Valley became the most widely distributed images of Aboriginal people in the 19th century.

In 2004 the Cullen family purchased an album of the photographs at auction in London and donated it to the Grafton Regional Gallery. They wanted to restore some dignity to the Aboriginal people in the photographs by identifying who they were as individuals rather than as archetypes.

The journey to identify the photographed Aboriginal individuals and their descendants was documented in the ABC Australian Story program The Light of Day aired in February 2013.

Grafton Regional Gallery, its Foundation, and the Royal Australian Historical Society are presenting a series of events at History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney, to promote further research into the images.

Exhibition – free, 10am to 4pm, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August 2013.

Public talk – free (bookings essential 02 9247 8001), 5:30 to 8pm, Friday 2 August 2013.

Fundraiser – $100 each (bookings essential 02 66 423 177), 5:30 to 8pm, Thursday 1 August 2013.

Further information, visit the events page on the RAHS website.


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