In 2015 Mavis’ daughter Dallas Phillips brought a collection of old negatives stored in a chocolate tin to a photo sharing session run by Community Arts Network. The photos were taken by her late mother and bequeathed to Dallas. She was unaware of their historical and cultural value until they were viewed by State Library staff. More than 360 of these images have now been digitised and stored on the State Library’s Storylines database.
Dallas Phillip’s always wanted to see her mother’s photos in a professional exhibition.
In 2021 thanks to a partnership between Perth Centre for Photography, Community Arts Network and the State Library of Western Australia, a selection of images, curated by Dallas Phillips herself, was exhibited at the Perth Centre for Photography Gallery and at the State Library of WA.
The Mavis Phillips nee Walley Collection is available to be viewed in full on the Storylines Database under the Mavis Walley Collection [BA2666].
The photographs my mum, Mavis Phillips, captured with her Box Brownie camera depict the life we were leading in Goomalling. A few years ago I donated these negatives to the Battye Library, where they are held as the Mavis Walley Collection. I hope you will find Mum’s photos illuminating of the times in which they were taken and the innate dignity and resilience of the people who appear in the images.
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