David Clark

02/02/2023

Mrs Florence Rutter Makes a Promise

In yesterday’s blog post, I described the first two days of the visit of Florence Rutter and Vera Hack to Carrolup Native Settlement. Mrs Rutter’s words show clearly how highly she thought of the boys of Carrolup! ‘During the three days we spent at Carrolup we were able […]
01/02/2023

73rd Year Anniversary of a Special Visit

Seventy-three years ago yesterday, 71-year old Englishwoman Mrs Florence Rutter and her friend Vera Hack arrived for a two and a half day visit of Carrolup Native Settlement. This visit was not only special in its own right, but it triggered a series of important events that still resonate […]
23/01/2023

‘Telling our stories in ways that make us stronger’ by Barb Wingard and Jane Lester

This blog post is an extract from the book Telling our stories in ways that make us stronger by Barb Wingard and Jane Lester (Dulwich Centre Publications, 2001). The original extract can be found here.  [Please note that I broken up some of the long paragraphs in the original […]
16/01/2023

The Carrolup Story YouTube Channel

I just wanted to remind you of our YouTube channel which contains 41 short films related to the story of the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. The films include a series made by John Stanton relating to the initial return to Noongar Boodja in 2006 of some of […]
12/01/2023

Mary Durack Miller’s ‘Carrolup Collection’

I find it hard to believe that it is seven years since I first came across Mary Durack Miller’s collection of material at the Battye Library in Perth related to the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. At the time, Mike Liu and I were involved in a project […]
09/01/2023

Suzanne Dredge’s Healing Story

I recently read an amazing story on the ABC website that I felt I had to publish on The Carrolup Story. The article ABC journalist Suzanne Dredge shares her story of overcoming adversity to become the first Head of Indigenous News focuses on a remarkable Wiradjuri woman, Suzanne Dredge. […]
29/12/2022

A Year of The Carrolup Story (2022), Part 2

Last week, I posted a blog about the content John and I have posted in 2022 on The Carrolup Story blog relating to the story of the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. I’ve also been posting on our Healing blog, posts related to trauma, healing, addiction, and related […]
27/12/2022

‘Healing is in Our Stories’ by Deron Drumm RIP

Here’s an excellent article by the late Deron Drumm about the importance of Stories in helping people recover and change the mental health system which appeared on Mad in America in 2014. ‘”It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you and your […]
23/12/2022

Looking for a Last Minute Christmas Present?

Then why not check out my eBook Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe, written with John Stanton, which is available via Amazon, Apple or Kobo (price: £4.99, A$9.99, US$6.99, €5.99)? You, or a family member or friend, can read the book on a phone, other hand-held device or computer. […]
22/12/2022

A Year of The Carrolup Story (2022), Part 1

I’d first like to wish readers a Merry Christmas, a restful vacation, and all the very best for 2023. John Stanton and I continue to work on our Carrolup project and post content to The Carrolup Story website. We continue to spread the word about the awesome Aboriginal […]
21/11/2022

The Politics of Personal Distress

A couple of months ago I came across an excellent article in the Guardian newspaper by UK clinical psychologist Sanah Ahsan entitled ‘I’m a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told devastating lies about mental health’. The article is well worth reading. It is important to note […]
14/11/2022

‘The Myth of Normal’ by Gabor Maté

Whilst in the UK recently, I bought a hardback copy of Gabor Maté’s thought-provoking new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture. Yes, today’s Western society capitalist culture is toxic, according to one of the world’s leading trauma experts. Here is what […]
10/11/2022

Our 4th Birthday

It’s hard to believe that The Carrolup Story, our Storytelling, Education and Healing online resource, is four years old. In fact, it is so hard to believe that we forgot to celebrate our birthday yesterday. I’ve been away from the website for some time, first because I was […]
09/11/2022

Step Inside the Circle

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the long period of time since my last post on the website. I was away for nearly eight weeks visiting family and friends in Europe. Since getting back, I’ve been catching up on a number of things, as well as working on […]
16/08/2022

Cliff Ryder’s Artwork Returns Home

Last week, I wrote about the beautiful relationship John and I have with the family of Cliff Ryder, one of the renowned Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. There, I linked to the nine blog posts I have written about the family over the past three years, in particular […]
11/08/2022

Our Very Special Connection: Cliff Ryder’s Family

‘Cliff Ryder’s name was appearing on some of the best pictures, and his manual work, at a country show, had been judged the best of any child in the Katanning district. A serious, sincere, boy, he listened attentively to his lessons, always intent on pleasing and doing the […]
03/08/2022

Our Visit to Casuarina Prison

John and I first visited Casuarina maximum security prison for males in Perth back in November 2020 to give talks about the Carrolup child artists and to see the art class in operation. We also visited last year and then again on 7/8 July this year for NAIDOC […]
02/08/2022

Magical Happenings in Carrolup Schoolroom and Beyond

Some months ago, I thought it was time to write a blog post summarising major happenings at Carrolup Native Settlement during the second half of the 1940s. However, I didn’t post the summary immediately and then forgot all about it. Recently, I was going through the website database […]
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