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Herb Wharton, Cunnamulla, Qld, 2004

John Elliott

type C photograph (sheet: 60.7 cm x 50.6 cm, image: 50.0 cm x 33.0 cm)

Herb Wharton (b. 1936) was born at Yumba, an Aboriginal camp near the Queensland town of Cunnamulla. He began writing poetry in his fifties, after a long career as a stockman, drover and labourer. In 1990 he entered several poems in a competition for unpublished Aboriginal writers, and as a result was commissioned to write a novel for the University of Queensland Press. The resulting book, 1992's Unbranded, drew on Herb's experiences as a stockman in the Australian interior. He has since published the fictional works Cattle Camp (1994) and Where Ya' Been, Mate? (1996), as well as the autobiography Yumba Days (1999), written during a residency at the Australia Council's Paris studio. A frequent participant in major literary festivals throughout Australia and the world, Herb Wharton is an Elder of Queensland's Kooma people and a Life Member of Australia's Stockman's Hall of Fame.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005

Accession number: 2005.30

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

John Elliott (age 53 in 2004)

Herb Wharton (age 68 in 2004)

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John Elliott (19 portraits)

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