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2016/47/1 Posters (2), 'Aussie', paper / ink, designed and made by Peter Drew, Adelaide, South Australia, 2016. Click to enlarge.

‘Aussie’ poster designed by Peter Drew

This poster is part of an awareness raising campaign, 'Real Aussies say welcome' started by Adelaide street artist, Peter Drew. It features an image of Monga Khan with the word 'Aussie' underneath. Monga Khan was one of thousands of people who applied for exemption to the White Australia Policy in the 1920s. Khan was one of many cameleers, hawkers and other traders that were granted exemptions because their work was essential to Australian's growing economy. For 70 years they played a crucial role.

The placing of posters in public spaces is Drew's way of drawing attention to Australia's immigration issues and a direct response to the Australian government's 'Stop the Boats' campaign. Peter Drew's campaigns have informed peoples' attitude to Australian identity, migration, difference and created nationwide community involvement and comment.

Peter Drew's work continues the role of artists as activists, and in this case quite uniquely using social media to successfully fund and advertise his campaigns as well as evoking community responses.

Drew has also used a highly successful social media campaign encouraging Australians to post images of their interaction with the posters through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Anni Turnbull
Curator, 2016


Object No.


Object Statement

Posters (2), 'Aussie', paper / ink, designed and made by Peter Drew, Adelaide, South Australia, 2016

Physical Description

Two colour screen printed posters that have an image of Monga Khan with the word ?Aussie' printed underneath in capital letters. The posters have rounded edges. Mr Khan's headwear is printed in red.


Maker's signature on reverse, handwritten in black ink 'Peter Drew 2016'



908 mm


602 mm





The maker of this poster is Peter Drew, an Adelaide-based artist. He has screen printed the poster onto brown kraft paper and signed it.



Purchased from the artist as part of the ?Real Aussies say welcome' collection.


Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2016

Acquisition Date

17 November 2016

Cite this Object


'Aussie' poster designed by Peter Drew 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 31 May 2020, <>


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