Fitzroy through the Decades from the Collection of Uncle John Brown

Thursday 29 June 2023 - Sunday 10 September 2023

Image credit: John Brown with his Holden (1972), from the Collection of Uncle John Brown. Photographic image. Image courtesy of the artist.

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this exhibition contains images of people who have passed away.

Uncle John Brown is a proud Wiradjuri and Dja Dja Wurrung man and a beloved community member. He grew up living, working and socialising in Fitzroy and the surrounding suburbs and is well-known by everybody. He is the nephew of Uncle John McGuinness, Uncle Bruce McGuinness, Uncle Joe McGuinness and Uncle Denny McGuinness. He is one of 11 children to Margaret Brown (nee McGuinness) and Jackie Brown.

This exhibition includes photographs passed down to Uncle John Brown through family and friends, as well as hundreds of photographs that Uncle John has taken over the years. He has been a prolific recorder of Aboriginal community events in and around Melbourne for decades.

Wandering about with his camera in hand, he attends almost every event taking hundreds of photographs to share with the community. His collection illustrates the social fabric and changing face of the Aboriginal community through the decades.

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Fitzroy Library

Date and time:
Thursday 29 June 2023 - Sunday 10 September 2023

128 Moor Street, Fitzroy