Koorah Coolingah--Children Long Ago: Art from the Stolen Generation of Australia

Wexler, Alice
January 2009
Studies in Art Education;Winter2009, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p137
Academic Journal
Recently, artwork of child artists from the Carrolup settlement school in Western Australia was rediscovered in the archives of the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University. The young artists were among what was then called the half-caste children and now known as the Stolen Generation. Between the late 1800s and mid 1970s the Australian government forcibly removed children from their famillies with the purpose of not only assimilating them into European culture, bat also eliminating Aboriginal culture. With the support of a dedicated new headmaster and teacher Noel White (1946-1951), a group of male children became proficient artists. Through the efforts of Florence Rutter, who later co-authored the book Child Artists of the Australian Bush (Miller & Rutter, 1952), the children became internationally known. Tragically leading short and sometimes violent lives most of the children went on to menial jobs. Their style, however, has remained an enduring influence on the local artists of southwestern Australia.


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