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    The Aboriginal Artist, Albert Namatjira, was buried on Sunday afternoon August 9th 1959, near Alice Springs at the foothills of Mount Gillen, the subject of one of his most famous paintings.

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    The Aboriginal Artist, Albert Namatjira, was buried on Sunday afternoon August 9th 1959, near Alice Springs at the foothills of Mount Gillen, the subject of one of his most famous paintings.

    He died on Saturday August 8th, 1959 in hospital at Alice Springs.

    Namatjira was buried in the Lutheran section of the Alice Springs Cemetery, after a ceremony conducted by Pastor Albrecht, who was a personal friend of the artist for many years.

    About one-hundred-and-fifty natives from the Hermannsberg and other Mission Stations attended the service, including his wife and five sons.

    Pastor Albrecht said that since the beginning of his painting in 1932, Namatjira's work had gradually broken down the prejudices against Aboriginal art.

    During the graveside service, Pastor Albrecht led the natives in a mournful Arunta chant, and the natives sang a hymn in the Arunta language.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC1P7OUAOG4ZI1BPTL484PQCWD
    Media URN:
    VLVAC1P7OUAOG4ZI1BPTL484PQCWD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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