Wrong side of the Hay
Wrong side of the Hay

Chris Pease

1969 - Wrong side of the Hay 2005
  • oil on canvas
183 cm x 122 cm

Soon after settlement the area between the Hay and the Kent River became out of bounds to the Indigenous population. Anyone caught within these bounds faced the possibility of being shot. The original image (a deserted Indian village) is a hand-coloured engraving from the work of John Sykes in 1798. Over the top of this is a typographical map of the Hay. On the west side are several museum artefact codes. The artefacts found in the south-west are important today as they represent fragments of our traditional Indigenous visual arts.

© Christopher Pease 2005


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