Item Item 1 - Landscape painting for Poor Fellow My Country

Identity area

Reference code

UQFL334-Item 1


Landscape painting for Poor Fellow My Country


  • 1975 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

1 painting : oil on canvas ; 60 x 91 cm.

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Crooke preliminary studies at Swinburne Technical College were interrupted by army service in Western Australia, North Queensland and Borneo. After the war his work included two years on Thursday Island. The portrayal of island life that emerged soon brought his work recognition. In 1969 he won the Archibald Prize with an expressionist study of writer George Johnston. He was responsible for the dust-jacket for Poor Fellow My Country by Xavier Herbert -- adapted from The new McCulloch's encyclopaedia of Australian Art

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This oil on canvas is of an Australian bush landscape, featuring an Aboriginal figure holding a spear in the lower left-hand section. It was commissioned by William Collins Publishers for the jacket cover of Xavier Herbert's book Poor Fellow My Country. The painting was presented to Ken Wilder, Managing Director of Collins, when he retired. The painting was donated to Fryer Library in 2001 in memory of Ken and Jean Wilder's son, Christopher.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright applies.

Language of material

  • No linguistic content

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area


Hanging in office of Fryer Librarian as at 14 Jun 2022.

Alternative identifier(s)

Art Number


Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

Created, Linda Justo, 14-Jun-2022.




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places

Physical storage

  • Parcel: UQFL334 Parcel 1