Previously TGH Strehlow , South Australia - sold by his son Carl, with other barks and family possessions, through Megaw and Hogg, Adelaide, 1999. Private Collection, Adelaide, till 2004;
Ted Strehlow (Theodore George Henry) was the son of a Lutheran pastor on the Hermansburg Mission. After graduating in English Literature and Linguistics, he returned to study the Arrente people with whom he had spent much of his childhood. His life work was spent broadening the understanding of the Central Australian people. The Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs houses his unrivalled collection of sacred and ceremonial objects, recordings of songs, photographs and film of ceremonies, etc, as well as diaries, manuscripts and letters. This painting comes from his personal collection, barks being outside his professional (geographical) area of study.
See Michael O'Ferrall, Keepers of the secrets: Aboriginal Art from Arnhemland in the collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, AGWA, Perth, plate 59, for another work by the artist