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Pacific Islander labourers cutting sugar cane in Queensland, c1895

This is a silver gelatin full plate glass negative entitled 'Sugarcane' taken by Henry King some time between 1880 and 1900. It shows Pacific Islander labourers cutting sugar cane and putting it into bags. The caption, studio number and studio mark are inscribed on the back of the negative, which is 21.5 cm wide x 20.3 cm high.

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Charles Nuttall feeding 'kangaroo' dog, St Margaret Island, 1910-20

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the artist Charles Nuttall feeding a 'kangaroo' dog among trees at St Margaret Island, around 1920. He wears suit pants and a waistcoat with shirt and bowtie. The dog is tied to a tree. The image is a digital scan of the original photograph.

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Always an artist: George Lambert

This resource is a video about George Lambert (1873-1930), an official Australian war artist during World War I (1914-18). The video showcases many of Lambert's paintings and photographs produced during the period when he was attached to the Australian Army in Palestine, Israel and Syria. His works include candid photographs ...

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Sidney Nolan: 'Kiata', c1943

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Kiata' by Sidney Nolan and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting, and information about the artist's views. The painting represents ...

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Ian Fairweather: 'Monastery', 1961

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Monastery' by Ian Fairweather and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The abstract painting ...

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Sidney Nolan: 'Ned Kelly', 1946

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Ned Kelly' by Sidney Nolan and catalogue information about the painting. This is one painting in a series of 27 abstract paintings, each capturing a selected incident in the story of the iconic Kelly gang. There is also a video with audio commentary about the ...

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Roy De Maistre: 'New Atlantis', c1933

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'New Atlantis' by Roy De Maistre and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The abstract painting ...

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Carol Rudyard: 'Northern theme', 1973

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'Northern theme' by Carol Rudyard and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The painting references ...

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Imants Tillers: 'Terra incognita', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the large-format painting 'Terra incognita' by Imants Tillers (1950-). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting's title means 'unknown ...

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Hans Heysen: 'The saplings', 1904

This resource includes an enlargeable image of the painting 'The saplings' by Hans Heysen and catalogue information about the painting. There is also a video with audio commentary and corresponding onscreen text that provides an interpretation of the painting and information about the artist's views. The painting pays homage ...

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Shane Cotton: 'Three-quarter view', 2005

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting, 'Three-quarter view', by Shane Cotton (b1965, New Zealand). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's ideas and symbolism for his artwork. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting highlights ...

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Fred Williams: 'Upwey landscape', 1965-66

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Upwey landscape' by Fred Williams (1927-82). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's ideas and how he developed his abstract landscapes. The commentary is also provided as text on the web page. The painting represents ...

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Tony Tuckson: 'Watery', 1960

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'Watery, by Tony Tuckson (1927-73). Included is a video with audio commentary on the artist's career and ideas for his abstract-expressionist landscape. the commentary is provided as text on the web page. The painter employed a gestural ...

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Howard Taylor: 'No horizon', 1994

This resource includes an enlargeable image and catalogue information about the painting 'No horizon' by Howard Taylor (1918-2001). Included is a video with audio commentary interpreting the painting, its style and meaning, and information about the artist's career. Additional information about his ideas and method of working ...

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Michael Leunig's duck: a conversation

Have you ever had a sudden burst of inspiration and wondered where it came from? That was the case for Michael Leunig, well-known Australian cartoonist, writer, artist and philosopher. Sometimes ideas come to us in abstract ways, as symbols. In this audio clip, Leunig explains the symbolism behind his now famous 'direction-finding ...

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An interview with author Shaun Tan

Award winning Australian author and illustrator of books including The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Arrival and The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan, talks to Jane Hutcheon about winning an Academy Award, creating books, realistic stories, points of view and stories that don't necessarily have happy endings.

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Meet the illustrators!

Illustrators Ann James, Kevin Burgemeestre and Craig Smith tell us about the artists, illustrators, cartoonists and art styles that influence them.

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Illustration style with Ann James

Children's book illustrator Ann James looks at the different styles of art she creates for different books.

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Making illustrations with Craig Smith

Illustrator Craig Smith discusses the ideas and thinking that goes into an illustration. He demonstrates crosshatching with pen and ink.

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Graeme Base hunting ideas!

Have you ever looked for an idea? World famous children's book creator Graeme Base talks about the places, animals and things that inspire his stories.