An image of Inspection day

Elaine Russell

(Australia 1941 – )

Community
Sydney, South-east region
Language group
Kamilaroi, Northern Riverine region

Inspection day

Location
Not on display
Further information

"Once a week the manager's wife would make her inspection of the houses on Murrin Bridge Mission to see if our mothers cleaned them or not, and while she was there would check to see if any children under school age had sores, lice, bad teeth, which were tested accordingly. I remember once that my younger sister and brother and myself got scabies. The manager's wife got the three of us and got our mother to soak us in disinfection in a copper boiler in the laundry (we had no bathroom) for about an hour. It seemed that long because we all looked like dried prunes all wrinkled from soaking us. After mum dried us we were plastered with sulphur ointment from head to foot. We turned from black to yellow from the ointment. Also we were under quarantine because the scabies were contagious. These were bitter memories for me, growing up on the mission."

Elaine Russell 1994

Place of origin
New South Wales, Australia
Year
1994
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint on cardboard
Dimensions
73.5 x 99.9 cm sight; 94.8 x 120.8 x 2.1 cm frame
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, white synthetic polymer paint "E. RUSSELL.94".
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Collection Benefactors' Program 1995
Accession number
19.1995
Copyright
© Elaine Russell