Olive COTTON, Sesquicentenary procession, Sydney Enlarge 1 /1


Australia 1911 – 2003

Sesquicentenary procession, Sydney 1938 Creation Notes: printed 1984
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Signed l.r. print border, pencil, "Olive Cotton". Dated l.l. print border, pencil, "...'38". Titled l.l. print border, pencil, "Sesqui-centenary procession, Sydney..".
Dimensions: printed image 38.0 h x 30.7 w cm sheet 47.7 h x 37.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1987
Accession No: NGA 87.1758

Cotton photographed the ‘March to nationhood’ parade, an event that took place in Sydney on 26 January 1938 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Phillip at Sydney Cove. Photographing the parade from the window of the Dupain studio, Cotton focussed on the people watching the spectacle from strategic vantage points. This image, selected by Cotton because she liked the triangle patterns created by the marchers, was first printed in 1984. Dupain also photographed the event from the same window; one of his images, which focussed entirely on the crowd, was published in The Home magazine in March 1938.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra