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This is a scene from the Great Depression era as expressed through Australian fine art. The State’s insurance scheme (very progressive action at that time) to provide out of work men with a living wage, only lasted for 2 years. After that, the State started infrastructure projects where they employed men on a three day working a week. This kept food on the table and a cold pint or two. Women were not offered any work as the theory was that her father or husband would look after earning the money.

Building roads during the Great Depression was one of the ways State Government helped provide a wage to keep food on the table.

It was hard work especially in the hot wet climate of the State. However, there was always time for a laugh. In this scene a new chap has joined the gang. Obviously he has never worked outside before because he had brought no hat! After a while the Boss threw him an old rabbit felt wide brimmed hat that had seen better days.

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Professional oils on stretched canvas over timber cradle

Stretched canvas over timber frame

Framed by Master framer

Ready to hang

Complimentary 55 page glossy magazine featuring all the exhibition works.

1930 State’s Money Australian Fine Art

Marie Green

AUD$1,650
Size: 91.44w x 45.72h x 2.5d cms
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This was a common scene during the Great Depression in Queensland.  Hot, hard work building roads earning enough of the State’s money to feed the family.

Oil on stretched canvas over timber frame

Framed by Master framer

Ready to hang

Complimentary 55 page glossy magazine featuring all the exhibition works.

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This is a scene from the Great Depression era as expressed through Australian fine art. The State’s insurance scheme (very progressive action at that time) to provide out of work men with a living wage, only lasted for 2 years. After that, the State started infrastructure projects where they employed men on a three day working a week. This kept food on the table and a cold pint or two. Women were not offered any work as the theory was that her father or husband would look after earning the money.

Building roads during the Great Depression was one of the ways State Government helped provide a wage to keep food on the table.

It was hard work especially in the hot wet climate of the State. However, there was always time for a laugh. In this scene a new chap has joined the gang. Obviously he has never worked outside before because he had brought no hat! After a while the Boss threw him an old rabbit felt wide brimmed hat that had seen better days.

Specification of State’s Money at Work

Professional oils on stretched canvas over timber cradle

Stretched canvas over timber frame

Framed by Master framer

Ready to hang

Complimentary 55 page glossy magazine featuring all the exhibition works.

Free Shipping Australia Wide