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One Way Of Controlling The Crowd

ONE WAY OF CONTROLLING THE CROWD

Accession ID:

2016.11

Name:

One Way Of Controlling The Crowd

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

Pro Hart

Date:

1985

Description

This is one of eleven oil on board paintings specially created by Pro Hart to illustrate Smoky Dawson's 1985 autobiography 'Smoky Dawson A Life'. They were displayed at Ray Walsh House in 2012 in an exhibition titled ‘Painting a Song’. The following note by Max Ellis explains how the painting relates to a particular incident in Smoky’s eventful life story. PICTURE 8: 'One way of controlling a crowd'. In 1948 Smoky and Dot joined up with the Stan Gill and his famous Rodeo Show. From Mildura their convoy of dusty trucks went north, rolling into the outback towns often late in the day. They would throw up their Big Top, frequently with the help of the local kids, rig the generator and put on the show, often not finishing ‘til long after midnight. Sometimes there was trouble as a few 'wild boys' would try and tear down the tent or heckle the entertainers. The remedy was a pole with a sharp bodkin lashed to the end. A tent hand in the darkness beneath the seat scaffolding would move under the interjecting hooligan and jab his posterior with the improvised spear. Smoky said it was the greatest conversation stopper since the hangman’s knot!


History

Country Music Collection, Tamworth Regional Gallery.


Significance

Provenance: Donated through the Federal Government's Cultural Gifts Program. This painting is one of eleven that were specially created by Pro Hart to illustrate Smoky Dawson's 1985 autobiography 'Smoky Dawson A Life' and held in a private collection until being donated to Tamworth Regional Gallery in 2016.


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