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Image Julie Gough, 'Some Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people before 1840', 2008

TLF ID M014307

This is a sculpture by Trawlwoolway artist Julie Gough representing the experiences of Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people. It was exhibited in the second National Indigenous Art Triennial,' unDisclosed', at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA). Further information about the artists and the themes of the exhibition can be found on the NGA website by searching for 'undisclosed, where Gough’s intention to uncover and present historical stories for viewers to understand and become aware of lost histories is described. The sculpture measures at 288.0 cm high x 60.0 cm wide x 50.0 cm deep and is made out of a wooden chair and tea tree sticks.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the Responding strand in the 9-10 year band in the visual arts curriculum, especially for those content descriptions that refer to considering the broader context of works of art, such as their social, cultural and historical context and role of the artist and of the audience/s. It may also be of some use for teachers of history in years 5, 9 and 10, particularly in relation to content descriptions that refer to the status and rights of Aboriginal people and children, the effects of contact between European settlers and Aboriginal peoples, and the Stolen Generations.
  • This resource is of considerable significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It exemplifies a major part of one of the priority's organising ideas in relation to Aboriginal peoples: that their experiences can be viewed through historical, social and political lenses. Julie Gough (b1965) uses all these lenses to produce art that draws out unresolved national stories and explores the disconnection of Tasmanian Aboriginal people from their lands and families.
Year level

9; 10

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Person: Julie Gough
  • Description: Artist
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  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
  • Organization: National Gallery of Australia
  • Address: ACT, AUSTRALIA
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  • Person: Julie Gough
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  • Name: National Gallery of Australia
  • Organization: National Gallery of Australia
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  • Resource: © National Gallery of Australia 2013 (except where otherwise indicated). Image: © Julie Gough. This material may be used, reproduced, published, communicated and adapted free of charge for non-commercial educational purposes until 30 June 2018, provided all copyright notices and acknowledgements are retained.