Aboriginal boys with juggling balls

Staged portrait photograph of two young Aboriginal boys playing with juggling balls. These staged photographs say more about the photographer and European conceptions of Indigenous people than about the traditional practices of Indigenous people themselves. Although this photograph was taken by Cleary, the children pictured are not part of Tommy McCrae's community.


Thomas Cleary, circa 1896. Portrait photograph.


Accession number: H2005.1


From the State Library of Victoria's Pictures Collection.


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