A carbonite pencil drawing on plain artist's drawing paper. The drawing shows a woman, with short hair, sitting down in front of a wireless.
Noelle Sandwith collection no. 1
On the recommendation of the Australian Inland Mission, Ms Sandwith set out for south-western Queensland and down the Birdsville track to Marree in South Australia. She undertook this journey on her own, allowing her the freedom to travel where she wanted and to record the lives of people in the outback as she viewed it. Great changes occurred in Australia in the 1950s. Society changed relatively quickly with the influx of immigrants following WWII. Policies of assimilation were at their height and this extended to both the indigenous people of Australia and the newest groups of immigrants. This period of contact between the various sectors of the Australian community is one which of great interest to us today. The sketches provide a view of outback society at this time and chronicle the relationships between various groups and people. There was great interest in the treatment of Australia's Indigenous inhabitants during this period. The sketches provide a personal view of the perceptions of European people towards Aboriginal people. Several of the sketches slip into caricature when dealing with Aboriginal people and this also provides us with Sandwith's view. Several poignant comments are made regarding the lifestyle and expectations of Aboriginal people. Whilst these seem dated now, they are powerful reminders of the attitudes which prevailed at the time of sketching.
Ms Noelle O. Sandwith