Noelle Sandwith collection no. 1




This collection comprises of 101 sketches drawn by Noelle Sandwith in 1952-53 while travelling along the Birdsville track. The sketches examine a wide variety of Australian scenes and the people Sandwith met. They provide a view of outback society at this time and chronicle the relationships between various groups and people.

The groups include: Aboriginal people and their involvement in missions, life on the outskirts of town, incarceration and the role of the Protectorate. Post-war immigration is represented through the involvement of Greeks and Italians running cafes in small country towns. Community groups representing rural and outback people such as the Australian Inland Mission, Salvation Army, Country Women's Association and the Flying Doctor's Service also rate a significant mention. Other issues and people who are explored include Afghan cameleers. social events such as rodeos and drinking, life in the shearing shed and the role of the local police.

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