A real surfboard painted by Uncle Thomas Avery. Thomas’s Aboriginal name is Bagaay which means the river. Thomas is a descendant of the Kamilaroi Aboriginal tribe of Northern New South Wales. His tribal totem is the Eagle. Thomas’s ancestors were born at the Bohena Creek Aboriginal Reserve Narrabri. Narrabri is one of the communities of the stolen generation. Thomas has been painting for over 20 years and is a member of The Budamurra Aboriginal Corporation. He creates paintings on canvas, pure silk, didgeridoos, images on pure silk & painted and glass, ceramics, T shirts and surf boards.
The key to the shells of the Sydney Opera House
"After three years of intensive research for a basic geometry for the shell complex I arrived in October 1961 at the spherical solution shown here.I call it my "key to the shells" as it solves all the problems of construction by opening up for mass production, precision in manufacture and simple erection, and with this geometrical system I attain full harmony between all the shapes in this fantastic complex."We visited the Museum of Sydney today. It's very interesting history of Sydney includes films of the early settlement, building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House and exhibits, including this one quoting Danish architect Jorn Utzon who won the competition for the design.