On This DayAustralia
Tuesday, 02 July 2002 (9/2002)
Miniature Sheet: Birth Centenary of Albert Namatjira - Miniature Sheet
Albert Namatjira was the first Indigenous artist
to paint and exhibit professionally in a Western
style. He was both prodigious and successful.
During his lifetime he produced some two
thousand pictures and founded a school of
painting that still continues among his Western
Aranda relatives and other Aranda peoples
Albert Namatjira was born on 28 July 1902 near
Ntaria into the Kngwarriya skin. Like his
parents he was baptised as a Christian. During
his early life at Hermannsburg he attended the
church, lived for part of the time in the boys
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.