J.W. Lindt Exhibition, History House 2013

In 2013, the Gallery Foundation, Grafton Regional Gallery in conjunction with the Royal Australian Historical Society held an exhibition of J.W. Lindt’s photographs with a special fundraising cocktail evening in support of the Gallery’s J.W. Lindt Research Project. An auction of artwork by Bundjalung, Gumbaingirr and Yaegl artists was conducted by Jordan Reed of Sotheby’s Australia.

This exhibition featured J.W. Lindt’s 1874 photographs and Northern Rivers Aboriginal artefacts. The J.W. Lindt Exhibition was open for viewing over three days in August 2013. Using the wet-plate process he photographed the Clarence Valley district and its Aboriginals between 1873 and 1874. For his portraits, Lindt asked local Aboriginal people to come to his studio and pose amongst props he had gathered from various sources. These images became the most widely distributed images of Aboriginal people in the 19th century.