Lindt’s photographs come to life
THE history of the Clarence Valley Aboriginal people since European arrival has been written for the first time.
This history is part of the Grafton Regional Gallery’s major new publication Photographs Are Never Still, a catalogue on the John William Lindt Collection.
The history is one of the outcomes of the search for the identity of the Aboriginal people in the Lindt photographs that started when the photographs were donated to the gallery in 2004.
Gallery director Jude McBean said Photographs Are Never Still presented all of the information about the gallery’s Lindt photographs.
“Our photographs are finally in context,” she said. “Each photograph has a story. The title of this significant book reflects how John William Lindt’s 1873 photographs continue to reveal information, create change, inspire people and develop their stories.”
She said the 240-page catalogue was the culmination of the major research projects overseen by the Lindt Research Group and supported by The Gallery Foundation, University of New England and Clarence Valley Council.
“The research projects conducted in 2010 and 2014 have been significant nationally in showing it is possible to identify people in photographs taken in the 1870s. This has great meaning for many communities who hold similar photographs in their public collections,” she said.
IDENTIFIED: Orara Williams, researched in Photographs Are Never Still.