Copyright restored to poor family of Australian Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira

14 Oct

Eight years ago, arts organisation Big hART, began campaigning for the return of the copyright.

They put together a theatre show called “Namatjira” which toured Australia for three years before travelling to London where in 2013 Queen Elizabeth met two of Namatjira’s grandchildren.

News reports caught the eye of Smith, whose father once worked for Brackenreg.

Smith persuaded Brackenreg’s children to give copyright to the Namatjira Legacy Trust, which represents the family, for A$1 on Friday.

Smith also donated A$250,000 ($197,200) to the trust.

It is the latest in Smith’s long list of charitable acts which included contributing to the ransom that freed Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, taken hostage in Somalia in 2008.

Sophia Marinos, the chair of the Namatjira Legacy Trust, said the money would benefit the whole Aboriginal community with funds for language and cultural programmes.

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