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Children playing in the sand
Title : Children playing in the sand Children playing in the sand
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Creator : Mountford, Charles P. (Charles Pearcy), 1890-1976 photographer
Source : PRG 1218/34/2724
Date of creation : 1948
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 60 x 60 mm
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The Library received cultural clearance from the Umbakumba Community Council Inc, Groote Eylandt, to display this image. Reproduction rights are owned by State Library of South Australia.
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Description :

Three Aboriginal children playing in the sand at Arua Creek, Groote Eylandt.

The delight in playing in the clean white sand is evident. Sand as a play material whether on beaches, river-sides or in a home or kindergarten sand pit is clean and adaptable, whether for building sand castles, laying out roadways and tunnels, or enjoying the texture and warmth of the sand itself.

'Children find real pleasure in play with natural materials, particularly sand and water ... the aimless digging, the incessant pouring, the trickling of sand or water through the fingers all help to calm an active child and to provide happy play for any youngster.' Sand and water play p. 1

This image has been reproduced with the kind permission of the Umbakumba Community Council.

Related names :

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, (1948)

Coverage year : 1948
Place : Arnhem Land
Region : Northern Territory
Further reading :

Sand and water play compiled and typed by Sue Wilson: art work by Joan Amos Norwood [S. Aust.]: The Playgroup Association of S.A., c1979

Dutton, Geoffrey Sun, sea, surf and sand -- the myth of the beach Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1985

Fatchen, Max Australia at the beach: illustrated by Tom Jellett Norwood, S. Aust.: Omnibus Books, 1999

Haagen, Claudia, Bush toys: Aboriginal children at play, Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 1994

Poignant, Axel., Bush walkabout, London: Angus and Robertson, 1972

Thomson, Donald F., Children of the wilderness, South Yarra, Vic. Currey O'Neil, distributed by Gordon & Gotch, 1983

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