Artist Albert Namatjira (1902–1959) and Ghost Gums
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Artist Albert Namatjira (1902–1959) and Ghost Gums

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Indigenous Australian artist Albert Namatjira (1902–1959) is arguably Australia's best known Aboriginal painter. He is known for watercolours of desert landscapes rather than the symbolic style of traditional Aboriginal art. His paintings also depict Ghost Gums that were to be listed as heritage sites in Alice Springs, but these trees have now been burnt down.

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Albert Namatjira in 1954. He was described by Alan Lambert as "A man who probably did more than anyone to show the world the beauty of Australia's outback".Photo: Alan Lambert

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Portrait of artist Albert Namatjira in Alice Springs, in 1958.Photo: Fairfax Archival Library

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Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira near Alice Springs, in April 1950.Photo: Faifax Archival Library

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Albert Namatjira's painting of the McDonnell Ranges, 1950.Photo: Courtesy Deutscher and Hackett

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Painting: "Twin Ghosts" by Albert Namatjira. The trees were to become listed as heritage sites but have burned down.Photo: Image courtesy National Gallery of Victoria

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Painting by artist Albert Namatjira.Photo: Fairfax Archival Library

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Mr Malcolm Connelly from the NT Department of Heritage inspects the conservation work on two Ghost Gums that were the subject of one of Albert Namatjira's most famous paintings.Photo: Glenn Campbell

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Albert Namatjira's Ghost Gums have been burnt down in Alice Springs.Photo: Steven Pearce

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Albert Namatjira's Ghost Gums lay burnt in Alice Springs.Photo: Steven Pearce

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Albert Namatjira's Ghost Gums lay blackened after being burnt.Photo: Steven Pearce

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The remains of Albert Namatjira's Ghost Gums that have been burnt down in Alice Springs.Photo: Steven Pearce