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that tension between histories by showing them as interrelated. The Stock Route cut across aboriginal waters, dreaming tracks and lives, and we are all entangled in its aftermath in one way or another. That is the story of Australian history.” Part of the collection was shown at the National Museum of Australia in 2010 and proved to be by far the most popular exhibition the museum has ever held. More than 250,000 people visited it, some so impressed that they returned several times. Its success was probably enhanced by some of the big-name painters who have contributed to the exhibition – many of Australia’s most important artists happen to originate from Western Australia and so are very familiar with stories from the Stock Route. “This exhibition tells that story in a really generous way,” adds Carty, “because the artists involved have an incredibly inclusive and generous view of Australia today. They want people to understand, they want to share their stories and they want the public to feel involved in passing these stories on to our kids and grandkids. “I guess history used to be written by those holding the pens; hopefully in Australia it is also now being re-written, and enriched, by those holding the paintbrushes as well.” Right: Canning Stock Route Country (2007) Ochre and binder on canvas Clifford Brooks, Birriliburu Artists Below: Old Days of the Stockmen (2012) Acrylic on canvas Mervyn Street, Mangkaja Arts In Focus Australia four 66 l www.global -br ief ing.org th quar ter 2015 global


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