Collection P6 - Olive Pink Collection

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Olive Pink Collection


  • 1931 -1973 (Creation)

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4 type one boxes and ephemeral material

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(1884 – 1975)

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Olive Muriel Pink (17 March 1884 – 6 July 1975) was an Australian botanical illustrator, anthropologist, gardener, and activist for Aboriginal rights. for more information see Australian Dictionary of Biography

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Donated by Olive Pink and family

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Sketches, mainly in pencil and crayon, made by Olive Muriel Pink of flowers found in the north of South Australia, Central and North Australia. The majority were made between June and December 1930, at various places along the railway between Port Augusta and Alice Springs. Later sketches were made in various parts of Australia between 1931 and 1960, but often without a note of the place and date. The sketches were often hurriedly made on pieces of thin, cheap paper, or even pieces of cardboard or brown paper. Some were coloured with crayon and a few, more finished drawings were coloured with watercolours. A later donation was made of books, personal belongings and sketches. A second series was received from the family of Olive Pink in 2016, this series includes Olive Pink's book collection, photographs, paintings, letters, items of clothing and other ephemera and memorabilia, some of which are nationally significant in their own right - such as the book plate made by Adrian Feint, notes and sketches done whilst camping with Daisy Bates, and photographs documenting life in Central Australia.

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Available for Research

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections and the Olive Pink Estate P6”

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Olive Pink images in the following: - Kaja-warnu-jangka ‘From the bush’ is a new, unique biographical tribute to two senior Warlpiri men, Jerry Patrick Jangala OAM and Henry Cook Jakamarra, who tell their own narratives of their remarkable lives over 85+ years. Dynamically bringing together previously unpublished footage, oral histories and photographs from over many years, it shows historical aspects of a remote desert community and the living endurance of traditional values of kinship and law.
Expounding the themes of courageous resilience and embrace of change, it is the product of a collaboration by PAW Media Warlpiri film-maker, Maxwell Walma Tasman Japanangka and ANU linguist, Carmel O’Shannessy, who has been involved with the community for over 20 years. It was inspired by people in the community suggesting the need to document the two senior men’s lives. The film is mostly in Warlpiri, with subtitles in English. It is 1hr 09 mins long.

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Olive Pink's paint box and other art works are held at TMAG.
Other Olive Pink ephemera is held at the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

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Photographs of Olive Pink, her mother and younger brother are available

Photographs of Season Ticket Holders to the Tasmanian International Exhibition 1894 - 1895

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2 Aug 2017




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