Sidney NOLAN, Marriage of Aaron Sherritt Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1

Sidney NOLAN

Carlton, Victoria, Australia 1917 – London, England 1992

  • England and Australia from 1950

Marriage of Aaron Sherritt 1947
Collection Title: Ned Kelly Series
Title Notes: 16
Materials & Technique: paintings, enamel paint on composition board

Primary Insc: not signed, dated reverse c., chalk "22-3-47"
Dimensions: 90.7 h x 121.1 w cm framed (overall) 91.3 h x 122.2 w x 3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Sunday Reed 1977
Accession No: NGA 76.290

We police regarded him as a valuable and cunning spy. He got married on Boxing Day, 1879. Constable Barry was at that time in charge of the search party hidden in the cave. After his marriage we regarded him as less trustworthy. Historical record

This is a story within the Kelly story; a double informer? Actually, the police were hidden in the caves. Sherritt had been a member of the gang and was now marrying into a family friendly with the Kellys. They were an Irish bunch and Sherritt had gone too far: ‘It’s a shame, but we will shoot him.’ Sidney Nolan

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

We police regarded him as a valuable and cunning spy. He got married on Boxing Day, 1879. Constable Barry was at that time in charge of the search party hidden in the cave. After his marriage we regarded him as less trustworthy.

This is a story within the Kelly story; a double informer?

Actually, the police were hidden in the caves. Sherritt had been a member of the gang and was now marrying into a family friendly with the Kellys. They were an Irish bunch and Sherritt had gone too far: 'It's a shame, but we will shoot him.'


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra