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A monument commemorates painter Albert Namatjira who was the first indigenous artist to paint and exhibit professionally in a Western style.

Namatjira painted his country and was both prodigious and successful, producing approximately two thousand pictures and founding a school of painting that continues today. Namatjira’s first solo exhibition of 41 works was held in Melbourne in 1938. All works sold quickly. Over the next ten years exhibitions were held in various capital cities of Australia and Namatjira became a celebrity.

He was awarded the Queen’s Coronation medal in 1953; was flown to Canberra to meet the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in 1954; his portrait, by William Dargie, won the Archibald prize in 1956; and in 1957 he was granted citizenship,  a status denied to most Aboriginal people at the time.


Address:Larapinta Drive, Hermannsburg, 0872
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.933834
Long: 132.804506
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:28-July-1902
Actual Event End Date:08-August-1959


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 22nd July, 1962
Front Inscription

This is the landscape that inspired artist Albert Namatjira

28-7-1902 -  8-8-1959

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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