Her Name is Nanny Nellie on SBS – In 1925 Australia’s Census declared Aboriginal people a ‘dying race’.
The Australian Museum commissioned three statues of ‘full blood’ Aboriginal people: a child, a man and a woman, exhibited as nameless objects to be studied.
The woman was Nellie Walker, Irene Ridgeway’s great grandmother and director Daniel King’s great, great grandmother.
Now Irene is on a journey to retrace Nellie’s life and understand her times. But first she must find the other statue’s descendants and tell them of their ancestors’ statues.
In this way Irene will honour these ancestors. This is a timely story by one of Australia’s most exciting directors; Daniel King, documenting his mother’s search. This is a profound personal window on a national story, with global consequences for colonial museum collections everywhere.
Her Name is Nanny Nellie on SBS and SBS on Demand – Premiere – Sunday, 21 January at 8.30pm on SBS and NITV
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