Happy father's day! This is Minikini sitting on her father's shoulders during a ceremony on Yermalner/Melville Island in 1954. Itwas taken by Charles Mountford, a well-known anthropologist from South Australia, who travelled widely throughout Central Australia, Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands, capturing moments like this.


Picture: Library & Archives NT, 1954, PictureNT, Mountford Collection, PH0777/0003


Published: 4 September 2016

Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

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Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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These works were made on Arrernte, Larrakia, Gaddigal and Lenape land that was never ceded