Julie GOUGH, Some Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people before 1840 Enlarge 1 /1


Trawlwoolway people

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1965

Some Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people before 1840 2008 Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, assemblages, found chair with burnt tea tree sticks

Dimensions: 288.0 h x 60.0 w x 50.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2008
Accession No: NGA 2008.811.1-84


This is a sculpture by Trawlwoolway artist Julie Gough representing the experiences of Tasmanian Aboriginal children living with non-Aboriginal people. It was exhibited in the second National Indigenous Art Triennial, unDisclosed, at the National Gallery of Australia. The resource includes links to further information about the artists and the themes of the exhibition. These describe Gough’s intention to uncover and present historical stories for viewers to understand and become aware of lost histories. The sculpture measures at 288.0 cm high x 60.0 cm wide x 50.0 cm deep and is made out of a wooden chair and tea tree sticks.

Educational value

  • This is an excellent resource for the Responding strand in the 9-10 year band in the visual arts curriculum, especially for those content descriptions that refer to considering the broader context of works of art, such as their social, cultural and historical context and role of the artist and of the audience/s. It may also be of some use for teachers of history in years 5, 9 and 10, particularly in relation to content descriptions that refer to the status and rights of Aboriginal people and children, the effects of contact between European settlers and Aboriginal peoples, and the Stolen Generations.
  • This resource is of considerable significance for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority. It exemplifies a major part of one of the priority’s organising ideas in relation to Aboriginal peoples: that their experiences can be viewed through historical, social and political lenses. Julie Gough (b1965) uses all these lenses to produce art that draws out unresolved national stories and explores the disconnection of Tasmanian Aboriginal people from their lands and families.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra