Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter

A portrait of Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter.
Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter
Archie Roach and Jill Shelton
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A portrait of Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter taken in 2008, two years before Ruby died at the age of 54. The two had been together for 38 years.

This delightful photograph of Archie and Ruby is taken in a natural setting, and shows the close bond between the two. Although they have a similar difficult past this photo suggests they have arrived at a point of contentment. 

Ruby is wearing a headdress which represents 'yesteryear, yesterday and today' made from rock cockatoo feathers from Arnhem Land, pelican feathers from her traditional home, raffia, sequins and mirrors.

The two talk about their loving and musical partnership in these two clips - here, Archie describes them as 'soul partners' and in this clip, Ruby says he is her 'silent hero' and she his 'rowdy troublemaker'.

Notes by Beth Taylor and Adam Blackshaw