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CH classification CIVIC MEMENTOES Souvenirs
Another in a series/by/BILL T. ONUS/Made in Australia by/Aborigines, depicting/their Native Folklore.
William ‘Bill’ Onus and his brother Eric established ‘Aboriginal Enterprise Novelties’ in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria in 1952. Bill adopted similar imagery to that which appeared in mass-produced indigenised design; however, he used such works to draw attention to his political work with the ‘Committee for Aboriginal Citizen Rights’ and the ‘Australian Aborigines League.’
The image on this plate has been copied from photographs of Gwoja Tjungurrayi (1895-1965), a Warlpiri-Anmatyerre man photographed by Roy Dunstan and published in the magazine 'Walkabout' in 1935 and 1950. This image became known as ‘One Pound Jimmy’ and was reproduced by many artists and decorators.