The Audacity of Boat Men

Original Oil Painting on Canvas

By Helen Norton

80 x 100 cm

1992 Beasts and Beauties

Sometimes when white explorers would come across country where the Aboriginals had never seen a white fella, they would see the natives turning their heads totally the other way as if ignoring them.  The white Englishmen would regards it as pure audacity, but what the Aboriginals were really doing was hoping that ‘the pale devils’ would disappear if they didn’t look at them.