This photograph of 'Queen Mary' fits into a wider ethnographic trend of photographing representatives of a supposedly ‘dying race’ for posterity. Standing inside a white picket fence, 'Queen Mary' is laden with as many cultural relics as the frame can encapsulate. She wears a possum skin cloak over western dress and holds a basket, boomerang, digging stick and spear. At her feet are another two baskets and a boomerang.
Sepia toned photograph on photographic paper/cardboard. 10.3 cm x 6.4 cm
Prepared by: Ben Mountford
Created: 26 October 2006