Colgate to send art by Aboriginal children to Australian University

Colgate University says it's sending 119 paintings and drawings by Aboriginal children to a university in Australia.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports the upstate New York college's decision to give the works to Curtin University was led by geography professor Ellen Percy Kraly.

The artwork was produced by Noongar children at the Carrolup Native School and Settlement in Western Australia between 1945 and 1951. The school was part of a system that saw an estimated 100,000 removed from their families between 1910 and 1970 and sent to be assimilated into Australian society.

Herbert Mayer, a New York City collector and 1929 Colgate graduate, acquired the art from a benefactor of Carrolup and gave it to the college in 1966.

The images include landscapes, animals, hunting scenes, and cultural activities.