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gelatin silver photograph
15.2 × 22.6 cm (image)
Place/s of Execution
Reservoir, Melbourne, Victoria
typed on accompanying paper label: “My name’s Ruby Hunter. I was born on the land and rubbed in the ashes in a place called / Paringa in South Australia. I’m a member of the Nurungerrie Tribe - they call us Pondi people / (pond - fish) because we live off fish and my totem is a frog. I grew up in South Australia and / came to Melbourne about ten years ago, and have lived here ever since. My husband Archie / was born in Maroopina, Shepparton. He is descended from the Bungalong and Gunditjmara / Tribes. He was taken away from his family who lived at the Framlingham Mission. He lived in / a number of institutions in Melbourne until he found his family and identity again when he / was fourteen. We have five children and live as an extended family. Amos and Eban Roach are descended from the Nurungerrie, Bundgalung and Gunditjmara Tribes. Chrissie and / Arthur Austin are descended from the Gunditjmara Tribe and Lake Condah people. / Chrissie’s husband Andrew Brigham is also a family member from Victoria and their son / Wesley was born in Melbourne. Terence Wise (Mr. T.) was born in 1989 and he’s been / placed with our family since the age of two weeks. Robyn Wise is Terence’s first cousin and / another extended family member. We’ve lived in this house for three years. Archie and I are / both singer/songwriters.” / RUBY HUNTER, ARCHIE ROACH, EBAN and AMOS ROACH, / CHRISSIE and ARTHUR AUSTIN, TERENCE and ROBYN WISE, / ANDREW and WESLEY BRIGHAM / RESERVOIR (underlined)
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of The Hugh D. T. Williamson Foundation, Founder Benefactor, 1992
© Viv Méhes
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Daryl and Anne Whinney
Gallery location
Not on display