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Camping on walkabout



Milton Budge


1941 –

Language group: Ngaku, South-east region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    53.8 x 117.9 x 2.3 cm stretcher;
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown synthetic polymer paint "M. BUDGE" / 'NGAKU' 89".

    Purchased 1994
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Milton Budge

    Works in the collection


  • About

    "Painting shows Aboriginal people setting up camp on their walkabout – in and around the centre of Australia. The land being dry and barren – trees are short and stumpy so their bark becomes unsuitable for huts to sleep in. So they use branches and twigs for skeleton framework, and line with spinifex rushes. Painting shows trees, bushes and their shade. Dead logs also.

    Skeleton framework left standing; two Aboriginal men gather spinifex and entwine through half completed hut and so Aboriginal woman takes little boy inside completed hut. These huts, when completed, are walled, and have skin floor and also skin doormat.

    Two dogs play near spears and woomeras – spear throwers. Hunters having found water – two filled skin bags – and goanna and snake. Aboriginal women gathered two bark baskets of fruit and veges. – herbs. Skeleton frameworks are left standing for the next mob of Aboriginal people on walkabout."

    Milton Budge, 1989

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    New South Wales

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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