Inside the Collection

Indigenous

“Mara gunda-l” – to make with the hand

May 30, 2019

Nina Earl
Guest post by Bernard Singleton, Curator Bernard Singleton is a curator and craftsman from the Cape York region of Australia. He has worked with UMI Arts, Cairns Art Gallery and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Aboriginal Breast Plates

February 25, 2013

Geoff Barker
Aboriginal breastplates, like this one, are rare reminders of the relationships that once existed between the Indigenous population of Australia and the European colonists. These breastplates were similar in design to the gorgets worn by Officers in British Regiments and were tailor-made for the recipient  As a result the inscriptions and motifs are significant records from the early colonial period right up to the 1930s when they appear to have stopped making breastplates.