David Clark

18/05/2021
Article by school headmaster John Stokes, The West Australian , 24th February 1951. Noel & Lily White Collection.

Achievements of Carrolup Artists

Here is part of a chapter from my book Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe which focuses on a newspaper article written by John Stokes after Carrolup Native Settlement school had been closed. “In Perth, John Stokes, the teacher and headmaster who has done so much to promote the […]
13/05/2021

Healing Section of the Recovery Stories Website

I have another website, Recovery Stories, which focuses on recovery from addiction and mental health problems. One section of the website, labelled Healing, takes you on a journey that focuses on the healing of intergenerational trauma. I have arranged this section so that a person can start with […]
10/05/2021
Imagined corroboree by Reynold Hart, watercolour and ink on paper, 25 x 30cm, c.1948. Stan, Melvie and Gael Phillips Collection, 1947 - 65, Berndt Museum of Anthropology. [WU7255]

Development of the Carrolup Children’s Art

In a previous blog, I described how the children’s art was initially just one aspect of a school curriculum that used drawing as the necessary means of communication in almost every subject. Early in 1947, Noel introduced a scheme where he and his wife spent time with the children five […]
04/05/2021

On Trauma and Healing: Quotes from Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey’s New Book

In yesterday’s Story Blog post, I talked about one of the best books I have read, particularly in the area in which I work. What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry MD, PhD and Oprah Winfrey is informative, inspiring and deeply-moving. In […]
03/05/2021

‘What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing’

This weekend I read one of the best books I have ever read, certainly in one of the areas in which I work. The book, What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, is written by Bruce D. Perry M.D., Ph.D. and Oprah Winfrey. The book is […]
28/04/2021

‘Drawing as the Necessary Means of Communication’

In a previous blog, I have described part of the role played by School Inspector Charles ‘Sammy’ Crabbe in the development of the Carrolup children’s drawings and their schoolwork. I have also summarised the pivotal role that teacher Noel White played in connecting with the traumatised Aboriginal children, […]
26/04/2021

‘Addiction is a Medical Disorder’ No Way!

In a recent Healing blog post, I described how I spent the first 25 years of my career as a neuroscientist studying brain function. After working in Sweden and the USA, I returned to the UK to set up my own neuroscience laboratory in the Department of Psychology, […]
20/04/2021

The Importance Of Grounding

Last week, I was feeling rather overwhelmed with my work and some of the other things going on in my mind. I shouldn’t have felt overwhelmed with work, as I am officially ‘retired’ and don’t need to be doing what I do. But I was… and I do, […]
15/04/2021

Brain Chemicals to Human Connection

Here is a blog that I posted on one of my other websites, Recovery Stories, the first part of a summarised description of my professional career from neuroscientist to addiction recovery advocate to working in the field of healing intergenerational trauma. This part focuses on my transition from […]
14/04/2021
Hunters by Revel Cooper, pastel on paper, 29 x 38cm, c.1948. Stan, Melvie and Gael Phillips Collection, 1947 – 65, Berndt Museum of Anthropology. [WU7304]

Carrolup Art at the Katanning Show, 1948

In an early blog, I described how the children of Carrolup first attended the Katanning Show in November, 1946. They also attended the Show the following year and again in 1948. Here is what I wrote in my book Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe about this latter […]
07/04/2021
Exhibition of Carrolup art at Boans department store, The West Australian , 23rd October 1947. The boys from left to right are Claude Kelly, Barry Loo, Reynold Hart and Parnell Dempster. Noel & Lily White Collection.

Boans Exhibition of Carrolup Drawings, Part 2

In a previous blog, I described how the Carrolup children’s art was exhibited in the ‘Crystal Section’ of Boans, the largest department store in Perth, from October 21 to October 24, 1947, thanks to the initiative of teacher John Stokes. The exhibition of over 400 Carrolup drawings was opened by Western […]
06/04/2021

Box Set of Healing Cards: Indigenous Healing as Mindfulness Practice

As some of you know, I was inspired to start working in the healing of intergenerational trauma field after reading Judy Atkinson’s book Trauma Trails: Recreating Song Lines – The Transgenerational Effects of Trauma in Indigenous Australia. Judy is Patron / Elder Advisor of the wonderful Aboriginal healing initiative […]
31/03/2021

Out To Prove

In a previous blog, I highlighted the pivotal role that teacher Noel White played in the development of the art of the Aboriginal children of Carrolup Native Settlement. We know from a letter written by School Inspector Sammy Crabbe to Dr Kenneth Stewart Cunningham, Director of the Australian […]
25/03/2021

Our Journey: Cliff Ryder’s Family, Part 3

Here is the last part of a series of blog posts that is based on a chapter about the Ryder family from my book Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe. You can find the first part here and the second part here. ‘I must tell you about the trip that […]
24/03/2021
The boys of Carrolup marching for Mrs Rutter and Mrs Hack. Photograph taken by Vera Hack, January 1950.

Our Journey: Cliff Ryder’s Family, Part 2

My last blog was the first of a series that is based on a chapter about the Ryder family from my book Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe. These are the words of Charon Ryder, oldest of the Ryder siblings: ‘I want to talk to you about how I got […]
23/03/2021

Our Journey: Cliff Ryder’s Family, Part 1

Some of you will know that John and I have developed a strong relationship with the children of the Carrolup child artist Cliff Ryder. In September 2019, we spent a lovely day with the family at the Moore River Settlement and Goomalling, finishing with an emotional gathering at […]
22/03/2021

Recovery Stories

I’ve recently spent a good amount of time working on my Recovery Stories website, in preparation for the publishing of my new eBook Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction on 9th April 2021. I first launched the Recovery Stories website in May 2013, with the aim […]
17/03/2021

Creating a New Normal: Sir Ken Robinson

The educationist Sir Ken Robinson inspired me greatly. Sir Ken was a great proponent of the encouragement of creativity amongst children. His TED talk ‘Do schools kill creativity’ is the most viewed TED talk ever, with 70 million views. Sir Ken was an excellent speaker—and I loved his […]
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