These two Aboriginal faces , bought years ago at a garage sale in North Queensland , are thought to have come from a large collection offered for sale by the South Australian Museum in the 1930s, said to be a "never ending source of interest to all tourists." An advertisement in the September 1938 issue of the Australian Tourist News, a quarterly produced in Adelaide by Bond's Tours , carried an illustrated advertisement for the Museum offering 36 face casts and six busts of Australian Aborigines made from moulds "secured by Museum officers during expeditions to Central Australia and various parts of South Australia ." Busts : Painted , four pound , unpainted, two pound 10 shillings. Faces : Painted , two pound ,unpainted, one pound five shillings .
NOTE: The tourist magazine mentioned here, in the Little Darwin Ephemera Collection , was edited by well known Australian composer Jack Fewster , the front cover photograph, a view of the Adelaide cathedral , provided by adventurer Captain Frank Hurley (1885-1962),who started his career as a photographer with a Sydney postcard maker , built up a reputation as the "mad photographer " covering WW1, made six trips to Antarctica , including the Shackleton expedition, and voyaged into the Torres Strait and New Guinea.