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Transforming Tindale

6 September 2012 – 9 December 2012
slqGallery, Level 2

Unheard stories are given a voice in this powerful exhibition of scientific photographs and contemporary artworks, exploring the legacy of Norman Tindale's 1938 anthropological expedition to Aboriginal communities. 

Artist Vernon Ah Kee has drawn inspiration from photographs of his family in the Tindale collection to produce poignant works capturing the personalities behind the scientific images.

Transforming Tindale is a thought-provoking journey into the Tindale collection, what it means to Aboriginal people and its place in Queensland's history.

A charcoal portrait of a First Nations man wearing a button up shirt looking at the viewer

Vernon Ah Kee, neither pride nor courage, 2006, 1 of 3 - The James C. Sourris, AM, Collection, Gift of James C Sourris through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation 2007. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

Tindale collection

Tindale's original research is held at the South Australian Museum. State Library has copies of genealogical information and photographs from the Tindale collection available for the Queensland Aboriginal communities of Mona Mona, Yarrabah, Palm Island, Woorabinda and Cherbourg, as well as two northern New South Wales communities at Boggabilla and Woodenbong.

State Library has also created an online index of names recorded in the genealogies. There are restrictions on who can access the full family tree information and photographs. Access to these records can be arranged by contacting the John Oxley Library.