Art project traces historical links

THE Search for Identity: the Lindt Research Project exhibition will go on display at Grafton Regional Gallery on Wednesday, July 6.

It features a selection of photographs from the John William Lindt collection presented with a summary of the outcomes of the Lindt Research Project.

In the early 1880s Lindt photographed studio portraits of Aboriginal people.

The research project, searching for a direct link between the Aboriginal people in the photographs and people living today, began a year ago.

Historian and genealogist, Nola Mackey, examined the 32 photographs featuring Aboriginal people and researched all links to the photographs through national and local archives of church and state.

Nola Mackey, who is one of the Clarence Valley’s best known historians, has been working with the group, which includes Elders from the Gumbaingirr, Yaegl and Bundjalung nations, who have guided Mackey’s search.

The findings of the research add new insight into the importance of the Lindt Collection to the people of the valley and this is the first time the photographs have gone on display since the completion of the project.

The entire collection of Lindt photographs can be viewed at the gallery’s website at www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au but are even better in person.

The public are invited to attend the opening morning tea at 10am on Friday, July 8, as part of NAIDOC week celebrations.

RSVP on 6642 3177.



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