Elaine Syron-Perot – her story

Elaine Pelot-Syron (Formerly Elaine Pelot-Kitchener)

This biography was first published online at http://www.elainepelotsyron.com/bio

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Figure 1   Elaine Syron with Dr Jeff McMullen and her husband artist Gordon Syron at Darling Harbour

Immigrated to Australia in 1971. Taught English for two years at Picnic Point High School, Randwick Girls High, Vaucluse Boys High. Received Diploma of Special Education from Alexander Mackie College. Marked Higher School Certificate for 5 years. Taught part-time at Randwick TAFE and Sydney TAFE.

1978
Began documentary photography full-time by taking photos for Koori Bina (later AIM Aboriginal Newsletter), Koorier, Ministry of NSW Aboriginal Affairs, Mum Shirl, Joe Croft, Dr Roberta Sykes and Pat O’Shane. Aboriginal Medical Service, Aboriginal Legal Service, Aboriginal & Islander Dance Theatre.

1982
First Solo photographic exhibition at the Aboriginal Children’s Service run by directors Jenny Munro and Isabel Coe. This collection was moved to the AMS where Charlie Perkins’ encouraged, appreciated and used the photographs to the Canberra collection.

Shot cover photograph for Mum Shirl book.

In association with Mum Shirl, obtained two grants from the Aboriginal Arts Board to produce two books on “The Urban Aboriginal” and “The Aboriginal Matriarchs of Australia”. Tapes and photographs were made over the next years. Mum Shirl and I never finished these books. Being the recipient of these two grants for photographic work was significant as the Aboriginal Arts Board stopped giving grants to Whitefellas after that time.

1985
Grant received from the Aboriginal Arts Board for another Solo Exhibition covering the Aboriginal Legal Service, Portraits, Land Claims and Aboriginal Legal Services throughout NSW, e.g., Moree, Walgett, Dubbo, Gulargambone.

1986
Solo Exhibition at the Australian Museum, Sydney, officially opened by Gary Foley and Mum Shirl.

1989
Exhibition at Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Paddington. Title: “The Birth of Bangarra – A Decade of Dance” opened by Fay Nelson and the Bangarra Dancers.

1991
Solo Exhibition at Josef Lebovic Gallery, Paddington. Title: “On The Cross” opened by ‘Carmen’.

1996
Exhibition at NSW Parliament House. Title: “Aboriginal Deaths In Custody”, opened by Jeff Shaw, Attorney General. Co-Exhibition with Gordon Syron’s paintings of Aboriginal Deaths In Custody.

1999
Solo Exhibition at DQ Art on Oxford, Darlinghurst. Title: “Play and Politics of The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Community”. Official Opening by Smantha Leith with Play Theme starring Ms Hillari & Guests 1986 to 1999.

2004
Solo Exhibition at Black Fella’s Dreaming Art Gallery, Darlinghurst. Tille: “A Blast From The Past – A Photographic Retrospective of Mardi Gras Moments”. Official Opening by Clover Moore and Vanity Fair.

2005
Solo Exhibition at Black Fella’s Dreaming Art Gallery. Title: “An Arm, A Leg, And A Coloured Man”. Opened by Arm. A Retrospective of Australian Tattoo and Tattooists, 1986 – 2005.

Biggest Achievement besides having 4 children, was winning the State of Florida’s 100 Mile Endurance Ride at the age of 16.

Figure 2 It will be unusual to see Elaine Syron without a video or still camera in her hands. here she is taking pix of Dr Keith Vincent Smith at Manly. Keith is a recognized authority of the history Eora people who lived in the greater Sydney area. His focus is on the Eora pople’s history since First Contact in 1770 and he had created many books, academic papers and exhibitions on Benelong, Pemulwuy, Bungaree and the maritime achievements of First Australians in Mari Nawi.
Figure 3 Elaine and Gordon Syron at Manly Art Gallery 23-apr-2014
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Figure 4 Dr Keith Vincent Smith gave Elaine and Gordon Syron a guided tour around his “First encounters by the Aboriginal people of Manly and Northern Sydney” that ran for almost 9 months at Manly Art Gallery till June 2014.