Albert Namatjira Memorial

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The Albert Namatjira Memorial was funded, designed and constructed by friends and supporters of a famous Australian artist. Namatjira, a landscape artist, captured the remarkable scenery of central Australia in a distinctive style that has become internationally renowned as the Hermannsburg School of water colour painting. The associations of the memorial with Albert Namatjira and, importantly, his continued presence as a part of the history of Hermannsburg and central Australia, along with the personalities of Rex Batterbee, Pastor F W Albrecht and others, provide a tangible acknowledgment of the life of a famous Australian. The Memorial is valued by the local Aboriginal community as a symbol of the recognition of this important Aboriginal artist by non-Aboriginal Australians.

The memorial consists of a monument about 6m tall, constructed of local red sandstone set on a concrete base. A plaque has been installed on the north side of the monument and reads: This is the landscape that inspired the artist Albert Namatjira 28-7-1902 – 8-8-1959 The memorial was unveiled on 22 July 1962 by the then Minister for Territories, the Honourable Paul Hasluck.




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Detail of Plaque

Albert Namatjira Memorial

Namatjira, MacDonnell

gum trees shading historical buildings

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct

Hermannsburg, MacDonnell

Scenic View of Finke Gorge National Park

Finke Gorge National Park

Hermannsburg, MacDonnell

Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira’s House

Hermannsburg, MacDonnell

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