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Title

Myth of the Western man (White man's burden)

1992


Artist

Gordon Bennett

Australia

1955 - 03 Jun 2014


About

1788 Colony established. Flag raised.

1796 First legally sanctioned massacre of Aboriginal people – Hawkesbury River area – troops sent from Parramatta.

1799 - First murder trial of five whites for the murder of two Aboriginal boys – found guilty but released – pardoned three years later.

1802 - Pemulwuy killed and decapitated, his head sent to England.

1803 - First colony established in Tasmania

1804 - First massacre of Aboriginal people in Tasmania, at Risdon Cove.

1813 - Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson cross the Blue Mountains into Wiradjuri land.

1824 - Massacres of Wiradjuri people.

1838 - Myall Creek massacre in northern New South Wales. First white man hung – against public opinion and in a retrial after acquitted in first trial – for the murder of Aboriginal people. This creates a climate of secrecy around further murders.

1857 - Yeeman people (near Roma, Queensland) massacred.

1861 - Largest massacre of whites by Aboriginal people in reprisal for hundreds of Aboriginal deaths, at Cullin-la-Ringo Station, Queensland by the Kairi people.

1869 - Tasmania, William Lanney – touted as the last Aboriginal male – died. His grave is looted and skeleton stolen.

1876 - Tasmania, Truganini – touted as the last Aboriginal female – died. Her skeleton is put on display (against her last wishes) in the Tasmanian Museum.

1928 - Coniston massacre in the Northern Territory, near Yuendumu. Those responsible vindicated in an official (cover up) inquiry ending 7 February 1929.

1971 - Yirrkala, Gove Peninsula, land rights thrown out of court.

1972 - Aboriginal Tent Embassy set up in Canberra. Gough Whitlam elected and Blue Poles by Jackson Pollack purchased for Australia (public outraged).

1976 - Truganini's bones cremated and her ashes dispersed in the wind.

1992 - Mabo case is won – Terra Nullius overturned.

Information provided by the artist.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006


Details


Place where the work was made

Queensland Australia


Date

1992


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

175.5 x 304.3 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed and dated u.r. verso, pencil "...1992/ G Bennett 24-12-92".


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

390.1993


Artist information

Gordon Bennett

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Queensland

Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 14 publications

Bibliography


Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 284 (colour illus.).

Stephen Farthing (Editor), 1001 paintings you must see before you die, London, 2007, (colour illus.).

Kelly Gellatly, Gordon Bennett, Melbourne, 2007, 48-49 (colour illus.), 127. plate nos. 19-20

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Australian Collection: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art', pg. 208-241, Sydney, 1999, 234 (colour illus.).

Tim Jordan and Steve Pile (Editors), Social change, England, 2002, (colour illus.). plate no. 9

Lunami Art Gallery and Ross Gibson, Inner-Land, Japan, 1993.

Susan McCulloch, Alan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs, The new McCulloch's encyclopedia of Australian art, 'Bennett, Gordon', pg. 40-41, Carlton, 2006, 41.

Pam Meecham and Julia Sheldon, Modern art: a criticial introduction, Oxon, 2005, 14-15, between pgs. 84 & 85 (colour illus.). plate no. 1

Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 122, 123 (colour illus.), 136, 139. plate no. 60

Terry Smith, Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles, 'Putting painting at stake: Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles', pg.55-73, Canberra, 2002, 62, 63 (colour illus.).

Nicholas Thomas, Possessions: indigenous art / colonial culture, 'Hierarchies: from traditional to contemporary', pg. 196-223, London, 1999, 200, 202, 204 (colour illus.), 207, 297. illus.no. 124

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Cultural memory, critical distance', pg.154-203, Sydney, 2006, 160, 161 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 1995, 204 (colour illus.).

Donald Williams, In our own image: the story of Australian art, Sydney, 2002, 200 (colour illus.).