The Australian Rock Art Archive

Grahame Walsh 20/9/44 - 18/8/07

 
 
Grahame Walsh was born in Queensland, Australia, and was interested in rock art since he was thirteen. He trained as a newspaper photographer, then moved to the country to be near the art he so admired. He was soon taken into the confidence of the property owners, which enabled him to visit many cultural sites not well known.
 
He joined the Queensland National Wildlife Parks Wildlife Service in 1977 to work in the Carnavon National Park area and was later appointed technical officer (historic sites). He criss-crossed the remote vastness of North Australia in search of pre-historic rock art. Grahame Walsh took thousands of photographs and compiled information which placed him as the world's leading expert on the the Bradshaw Paintings.
Grahame Walsh
Grahame Walsh photographing Bradshaws
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Grahame Walsh in the Kimberley
In 1988 he was commissioned by the Australian Government to produce a book for the National Bicentenary that covered all of the known aborigine works of art. "Australia's Greatest Rock Art", the resulting book, is seen as the finest of its kind ever produced. He was awarded the J. P. Thompson Medal by the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland in 1990.
 
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