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Elaine Russell


1941 – 12 Apr 2017

Language group: Kamilaroi, Northern Riverine region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on cardboard
    73.5 x 99.9 cm sight; 94.8 x 120.8 x 2.1 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, white synthetic polymer paint "E. RUSSELL.94".

    Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Collection Benefactors' Program 1995
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Elaine Russell

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    Elaine Russell

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  • About

    "Once a week the manager's wife would make her inspection of the houses on Murrin Bridge Mission to see if our mothers cleaned them or not, and while she was there would check to see if any children under school age had sores, lice, bad teeth, which were tested accordingly. I remember once that my younger sister and brother and myself got scabies. The manager's wife got the three of us and got our mother to soak us in disinfection in a copper boiler in the laundry (we had no bathroom) for about an hour. It seemed that long because we all looked like dried prunes all wrinkled from soaking us. After mum dried us we were plastered with sulphur ointment from head to foot. We turned from black to yellow from the ointment. Also we were under quarantine because the scabies were contagious. These were bitter memories for me, growing up on the mission."

    Aunty Elaine Russell 1994

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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