For two years from 1938 anthropologist Norman Tindale documenting Aboriginal people from around Australia. Most of the original information collected is held by the South Australian Museum. Transforming Tindale is an exhibition of the State Library of Queensland. Genealogical information and photographs from the Tindale collection have been made available for the Queensland Aboriginal communities of Yarrabah, Cherbourg, Mona Mona, Palm Island, Woorabinda, Bentinck Island, Doomadgee and Mornington Island, and the NSW communities in Boggabilla and Woodenbong. The Tindale collection is a controversial archive, but now serves as an important genealogical resource to families.
Contemporary artist Vernon Ah Kee has used images of his family from the collection to develop beautiful works of art. His story is amongst those shared by family members in this exhibition. (September to December 2012.)
Via Marita Thomson