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John Curtin Gallery

2016: Exhibitions and Events


The formal transfer of custodianship of the Department of Aboriginal Affair’s Collection of Carrolup artworks, letters, photographs and artifacts to Curtin University.

Wednesday 17 February, 2016, 10.15am – 11.30am
To be held at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University

RSVP by 15 February to or phone 9266 4155.

The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork was generously donated to Curtin University in May 2013 for educational and research purposes by Colgate University, New York, USA. The Carrolup artworks were created by Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generation at the Carrolup Native Settlement School between 1946-1950.

In 2015 a number of significant items were identified at the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) that are directly connected to The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork.

Recognising the importance of housing the collection in one location, the DAA has generously offered to transfer custodianship, but retain ownership, of the precious artworks, letters, photographs and artifacts in their care, to Curtin University.

These artworks are profoundly important historical and cultural artifacts from the Stolen Generations. They shine like a beacon of hope from this dark period in our history.

As custodians of the collection, Curtin is committed to sharing, researching and preserving the collection for future generations.

The Department of Aboriginal Affairs Collection of Carrolup Material being transferred to Curtin University includes:

Artwork c.1947-1950 including one double sided pastel drawing by Edie Wallam featuring grass trees; and three double sided anonymous pastel drawings of landscapes and abstracted shapes.

A series of letters to Florence Rutter by Parnell Dempster, Barry Loo, Reynold Hart, Cliff Ryder, Gordon Willock and Mr Noel White.

An original copy of the Little Black Fingers book by Florence Rutter.

Five black and white photographs, c1950, of various sizes and subject matter.

Articles and extracts The Illustrated London News- Aboriginal Art: Notable Work by Children; The Times Educational Supplement; the Sunday Times; The Times Educational Supplement; and Teachers World & School Mistress.

And varied materials including the pastel book dust sheet tissue and an exhibitors ticket to The Royal Pastel Society to admit Mrs Florene Rutter.