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Painting Seven Sisters

Mantararr, Dulcie and Muni sitting together and working on their collaborative painting, Minyipuru (Seven Sisters). Canning Stock Route bush trip 1- 4 August 2007.

Date created: 8/2/2007
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28315

People: Muni Rita Simpson, Mantararr Rosie Williams, Jugarda Dulcie Gibbs
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 6 Canning Stock Route bush trip 1-4 August 07
Accession ID: 20131213_B0005_0010

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Boys dancing

Boys dancing. Nyarna, Lake Stretch Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 16- 18 August 2007.

Date created: 8/16/2007 18:43:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Nyarna, Lake Stretch
Latitude/Longitude: -18.227/127.668

Art Centre(s): CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 9.1 Canning Stock Route bush trip 16-18 August 07
Accession ID: 20131008_FORM_MIRA_B0012_0021

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Women at Kunkun

Artists Nora Wompi, Bugai Whylouter, Kumpaya Girgaba and Nyangapa Nora Nangapa in front of the Kunkun windmill. Martumili artists painting and weaving workshop at Kunawarritji (Well 33) and Kunkun, April 2008.

Date created: 4/18/2008
Photographer: Morika Biljabu
Location: Kunkun, near Well 33
Latitude/Longitude: -22.3418/124.7752

People: Nora Wompi, Bugai Whylouter, Kumpaya Girgaba, Nyangapa Nora Nangapa
Art Centre(s): Martumili Artists, CSR Project

Copyright: Morika Biljabu
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: Morika Favourites
Accession ID: 20130925_FORM_MIRA_B0032_0077

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Wally Dowling

Born: 1910
Died: 1959

Art Centre(s): Other

Biography: ‘They called him King of the Canning …’ (Jeffrey James, 2007).

Wally Dowling is probably the best-known drover in the Canning Stock Route’s history. Born in Northam in 1910, he began his droving apprenticeship in Meekatharra at age 14. He made the first of many trips down the stock route in about 1931, when it was reopened after reconditioning. His death in 1959 marked the end of droving on the stock route.

Wally Dowling’s colourful lifestyle appealed to the popular imagination, and he received a great many column inches in newspapers of the time. He inspired equally strong reactions among the Aboriginal people he worked with and encountered on the route — he was loved and loathed. Most of the artists, whose first encounters with white men took place on the stock route, vividly remember him.

A bush poet, and emergency dentist and doctor to his stockmen, Wally once set his own broken leg with a cast made of greenhide (untanned bullock skin). He extracted teeth by tying them with string to an iron bucket and dropping it down a well.

But Wally Dowling was also known as a hard man, with his revolver ‘Little Bertha’ always at the ready. He reputedly robbed many Aboriginal men of their wives, ‘He had his revolver all the time. No smile on him. He been a rough bloke, and he wanted a black woman’ (Anga Friday Jones, 2007).

In about 1941 Wally Dowling found a baby suckling its dead mother’s breast. One of his stockwomen fed the baby camel milk, and Wally named the infant Pelican because, ‘his beak could hold more than his stomach’. By the time he was 16, Pelican was Wally’s head stockman.

Wally found another child in 1953. Although initially unwilling to take him on, he changed his mind when the three-year-old put his arms around his neck. Wally named him Churchill. Wally’s son, Bob Stretch, grew up at Moola Bulla station with his mother, Lanyina.

According to Martumili artist Jeffrey James, boss drover Wally Dowling held his stockman, Ben Taylor, responsible for laying dingo baits on the stock route that led to the poisoning of Aboriginal people. Desert people believed that the baits had been deliberately laid in retaliation for their having hunted working camels. ‘They were chucking poison baits on this Canning [Stock Route]. So this youngfella here, Walapayi, he pick up the meat, poison bait. Soon as [head drover] Wally Dowling hear that people nearly died, he kicked Ben Taylor out for a while, ‘Never do that. Never!’ He used to chuck poison to the people, you know. Well, Walapayi pick up the bait anyway, and he nearly died’ (Jeffrey James, 2007).

Wally’s death in 1959 marked the end of the droving era on the Canning Stock Route. ‘Wally died in [Mistake] Creek; he had a bad flu. He went holiday with his camel. One of the tourists find that camel, took the hobbles off and ring to Billiluna, ‘Wally die!’ The camel walked all the way back. Halls Creek rang up, ‘Camel just going through!’ Next day, Ruby Plains rang up, ‘They on their way to Billiluna!’ I was there. I open the gate. That it. The road was closed. No more droving’ (Jeffrey James, 2007).

Photograph date: 1957
Photography copyright: © People Magazine
Format: Image
Source: Images - Multimedia + Sig Piece
Category: People
Accession ID: 20131016_FORM_MIRA_B0090_0100

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Jukuja Nora Tjookootja

Born: about 1940

Language Group(s): Wangkajunga
Community: Wangkatjungka
Art Centre(s): Ngurra Artists, Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency
CSR Project role: Artist, contributor
Skin Group: Nyapajay
Totem: Nyuraly, insect that lizards and goannas eat
Country: Piparr

Biography: Jukuja was born at Piparr. Her mother worked as a cook with drovers on the stock route. Her father took her to Billiluna, where she was promised to her husband, Donkeyman Benny, from whom she learned the songs and stories for Kaningarra (Well 48), the site for which he was the last senior custodian. Today, Jukuja is one of the senior singers for this Country.

Photographer: Tim Acker
Photograph date: 2009
Photography copyright: © FORM
Format: Image
Source: Images - Catalogue
Category: People
Accession ID: 20131016_FORM_MIRA_B0090_0060

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, KALACC, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son. Well 36 Kilykily Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 5- 6 August 2007.

Date created: 8/4/2007 13:57:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28598

Art Centre(s): CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 7 Canning Stock Route bush trip 5-6 August 07
Accession ID: 20131220_FORM_MIRA_B0008_0063

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son. Well 36 Kilykily Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 5- 6 August 2007.

Date created: 8/4/2007 13:57:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28598

Art Centre(s): CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 7 Canning Stock Route bush trip 5-6 August 07
Accession ID: 20131220_FORM_MIRA_B0008_0065

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son with Desmond Taylor

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son with Desmond Taylor. Well 36 Kilykily Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 5- 6 August 2007.

Date created: 8/4/2007 13:57:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28598

People: Desmond Taylor
Art Centre(s): CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 7 Canning Stock Route bush trip 5-6 August 07
Accession ID: 20131220_FORM_MIRA_B0008_0066

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son with Desmond Taylor

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son with Desmond Taylor. Well 36 Kilykily Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 5- 6 August 2007.

Date created: 8/4/2007 13:57:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28598

People: Desmond Taylor
Art Centre(s): CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 7 Canning Stock Route bush trip 5-6 August 07
Accession ID: 20131220_FORM_MIRA_B0008_0067

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son

Doug and Rebecca Bird's son. Well 36 Kilykily Artists Camp. Canning Stock Route bush trip 5- 6 August 2007.

Date created: 8/4/2007 13:57:00
Photographer: Tim Acker
Location: Well 36, Kilykily
Latitude/Longitude: -22.13954/125.28598

Art Centre(s): CSR Project

Copyright: FORM
Format: Image
Category: Image
Source: 7 Canning Stock Route bush trip 5-6 August 07
Accession ID: 20131220_FORM_MIRA_B0008_0068

Provenance: This material is sourced from Ngurra Kuju Walyja — the Canning Stock Route Project, which was initiated in 2006 by FORM and developed in partnership with Birriliburu, Kayili, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre, Mangkaja, Martumili, Ngurra, Papunya Tula, Paruku IPA, Warlayirti and Yulparija artists and art centres.

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