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ID number ART91125
Title East Timorese children, Suai
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Place made Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made 2000
Medium gouache, pencil on paper
Measurement overall: 34.8 x 25 cm (irreg.)


Depicts a group of East Timorese children in Suai, East Timor. 'There would be so many children around me I would end up painting them... They are so friendly and so warm. When you arrive in Suai you are smiled at and waved at... It's unbelievable that all those terrible things have happened to them. I have heard so many horrific stories ... Children were saying things like "G'day, mate" and "G'day cobber" in perfect accents.' Wendy Sharpe, `Sydney Morning Herald', 31 December 1999. Wendy Sharpe was appointed official artist in December 1999, travelling to Darwin, where she attended briefing sessions with Australian INTERFET personnel. In East Timor she was attached to the Army History Unit in Dili, where she recorded the work of the Australian peacekeepers and East Timorese people.