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09. Ironwood tree illuminated by campfire
Title : 09. Ironwood tree illuminated by campfire 09. Ironwood tree illuminated by campfire
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Creator : Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976, photographer
Source : PRG 1218/34/186
Date of creation : 1935
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 60 x 60 mm
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Description :

An ironwood tree photographed at night, illuminated by the light of a campfire, with TGH Strehlow sitting nearby, Erldunda Station, Central Australia.

Mountford wrote in his diary, 'A tree which attracts the attention of all artists visiting Central Australia is the ironwood. It is graceful in form, with delicate pendulous foliage. A lucky exposure, made one night when the camp fire was burning brightly, enabled me [to take this] picture.'

Mountford also featured this tree in his 1956 publication Australian Tree Portraits, writing, 'They are not seen at their best during the brightness of midday, but at night, when the camp-fire, lighting every leaf, twig and branch, makes then stand out in sharp contrast to the blackness of the desert night'.

Related names :

Mountford, Charles P, (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976

Strehlow, TGH, (Theodor George Henry),1908-1978

Commonwealth Board of Enquiry into the alleged ill-treatment of Aborigines near Ayers Rock, 1935

Coverage year : 1935
Period : 1927-1939
Place : Central Australia
Region : Northern Territory
Further reading :

Lamshed, Max, 'Monty' : the biography of C.P. Mountford, [Adelaide] : Rigby, 1972

Mountford, Charles P., Australian Tree Portraits, [Victoria] ; Melbourne University Press, [1956]

Mountford, Charles P., Manuscript diary, Journey to Ayers Rock, 1935, PRG 1218/5/3

Warden, James. 'T.G.H. Strehlow and the 1935 Board of Inquiry into the alleged ill-treatment of Aborigines' in Traditions in the midst of change : communities, cultures and the Strehlow legacy in Central Australia : proceedings of the Strehlow Conference, Alice Springs 18-20 September 2002, Alice Springs, N.T. : Strehlow Research Centre, 2004, pp. 89-100



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