Judy Watson – a preponderance of aboriginal blood (2019)


a preponderance of aboriginal blood (2019)


Judy Watson’s a preponderance of aboriginal blood (2005) is a limited edition artist book of 15 etching. It was republished in 2019 as a 44 page hard-back artist book printed offset in an edition of 1000, and launched at the State Library of Queensland on 20 February 2020.

a preponderance of aboriginal blood (2019)
Included in new publication:
Reproductions of the 15 etchings from Watson’s 2005 limited edition artist book.
The 9 page 1897 Queensland Act of Parliament ‘The Aboriginal Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act’.
An 8 page essay ‘the wounds of the repressed’ by freelance writer and curator Michele Helmrich.
A foldout Queensland Timeline listing:
a selection of white townships from the establishment of Brisbane in 1825 to the turn of the century.
a selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands missions and reserves established from 1838 to the closure of the last mission in 1987.
some Acts and decisions impacting on Aboriginal peoples in Queensland 1825 to 1967.

Published in an edition of 1,000, 
100 of which include a limited edition etching 
inspection tour (2020) signed by artist 
28.5 x 20 cm (plate 20 x 13 cm) 
numbered 1/80 to 80/80 
+ 20 hors commerce numbered hc 1/20 to hc 20/20

inspection tour etching printed by Basil Hall Editions, Braidwood.
Printers Basil Hall and Rebecca Drew
Map: Inspection Tour of Aboriginal stations in North Queensland and Torres Strait by Hon. Home Secretary 1931
Courtesy of The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum

standard edition
Australia $49.50

limited edition with etching
inspection tour, 2020 – two plate colour etching
Australia $275.00

Publisher: numero uno publications / grahame galleries + editions 2019


see 2005 publication