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  • Elizabeth Durack collection(4)

    Dyeline print titled 'Ivanhoe Camp'
    Watercolour painting titled 'Ivanhoe Station East Kimberley'
    Watercolour painting titled 'Making soap - Lissadell'
    Dyeline print titled 'The High Bank of the Ord River'

    The Elizabeth Durack collection consists of four watercolour works by the prominent West Australian artist Elizabeth Durack. The works are titled 'Making Soap, Lissadell', 'Ivanhoe Station, East Kimberley 1948', 'Ivanhoe Camp' and 'The High Bank of the Ord River'. These works depict scenes of Aboriginal women and children on Ivanhoe and Lissadell pastoral stations in Western Australia, c1948-1952. The works were completed during the period when Durack used a bough shelter studio on the banks of the Ord River, at Ivanhoe Station, in the Kimberley, WA.

    The works in this collection record the participation of Aboriginal people in the cattle industry in the Kimberley during the 1940s and 1950s. In particular, they record aspects of the lives of Aboriginal women and children on these stations. Elizabeth Durack (1915-2000) was best-known for her artistic representations of the Aboriginal people of the Kimberley. The collection is also significant for its link to the story of the Durack family, who were the first Europeans to establish permanent settlements in the Kimberley region, and who were influential in the establishment of the cattle industry there. Elizabeth and Mary Durack are renowned for translating their experiences with the Aboriginal people of that area into their art and writings.