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CHRISTO REID – Kidman History

16th of February 2014 to the 30th of March 2014

All dimensions are stated by the standard X,Y,Z = Width, Height, Depth - This Exhibition was opened at 2:00pm 16/02/2014


The Extraordinary Life of Sir Sidney Kidman

As a barely literate youth of thirteen, Sidney Kidman ran away from home and worked as an odd-job boy in a grog shanty in outback Australia. He went on to become one of the greatest pastoral landholders in modern history, acquiring a legendary reputation both home and abroad as the Cattle King.

Kidman was much more than a grazier. In addition to his many successful business ventures and his contribution to the war effort, he was driven by a grand plan for the remote arid areas of Australia. This kept him locked in a battle with the land – and against drought. Wealth, power, fame and honours did not change Sidney Kidman. He remained the homespun, gregarious bushman for whom men worked with an almost savage loyalty.

The exhibition will comprise of up to 50 photographic prints, artwork and digital displays that document the life and times of Sidney Kidman. Most of the photographs in this exhibition are from the Sidney Reid collection and have never been published. Reid was the Adelaide manager of S. Kidman & Co from 1913 to 1935 and travelled extensively with Kidman on inspection tours of his stations. He recorded these travels in a series of leather bound photo albums and journals that will be displayed in the exhibition. His collection of photographs is an extraordinary record of the life in the outback during the early 1900s.

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