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Rosaleen Norton painting in her sister's flat at Kirribilli, Sydney

circa 1964


Robert Walker


01 May 1922 – 2007

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kirribilli Sydney New South Wales Australia
    circa 1964
    Media category
    Materials used
    black and white Kodak Tri X negative
    2.4 x 3.6 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    National Art Archive. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Louise Walker 2008
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Robert Walker/Copyright Agency

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    Robert Walker

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  • About

    In 1965 'Life at the Cross', with text by poet Kenneth Slessor and photographs by Robert Walker, was published. This photograph of Norton was taken by Walker as part of that project. Although the publication was meant to document the bohemian and working class life of the Kings Cross area, its subjects were in fact much more wide ranging. Rosaleen Norton had lived in Kings Cross since 1951 and was popularly known as the 'witch of Kings Cross'. But when the book 'Life at the Cross' was published she was living with her sister Cecily in Kirribilli.

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