David Clark

10/01/2022

‘Transforming Trauma: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma’ by James Gordon

I’m reading a fascinating book by James Gordon on my Kindle at the moment, Transforming Trauma: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma. It’s a great read, highly recommended if you interested in the healing of trauma. Here is the publicity material for the book: ‘The definitive new guide […]
06/01/2022

‘Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen’ by Johann Hari

I read a fascinating article in The Guardian by Johann Hari about an increasing and worrying problem that exists in much of society today. Our ability to concentrate and attend to matters is being eroded by certain facets of everyday life. This erosion of people’s attention will lead […]
05/01/2022

Our Carrolup Project: An Update

First of all, I’d like to wish everyone reading this post the very best for 2022. We’ve all been going through tough times during the pandemic—hopefully things will improve in the coming year. I thought it was time to do a little update (and recap) of what has […]
05/12/2021

John Stanton Interview, Part 2

In a previous blog post, I linked to three film clips from the interview I did on the 6th of October 2017 with my colleague John Stanton about the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. Here are three more film clips from this interview, all which are on The Carrolup […]
05/12/2021

‘For Love’: A Film of Resilience and Resurgence

‘I’m constantly afraid. Even if I know I am doing the right things, I am still constantly afraid of the fear that someone could even take my kids.’ I really like the look of this film, directed by Matt Smiley, about the impact of colonisation on Indigenous peoples […]
10/11/2021

The Carrolup Story Website: Our 3rd Birthday

Three years ago today, John Stanton, Ash Whitney and I launched The Carrolup Story online storytelling, education and healing resource. The resource now comprises over 320 pages, including 270 blog posts. How did The Carrolup Story website come about? Our story begins 45 years ago, when John Stanton first […]
09/11/2021

‘What Happened?: What mental health is really about’ by Bill Saunders

Some of you will will know that I believe that the biomedical approach to mental health—using drugs to treat what are considered to be biochemical disorders—causes more harm than good. I have previously recommended the book What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. […]
03/11/2021

Parnell Dempster Writes to Mrs Rutter

After Mrs Florence Rutter returned to the UK after her second visit to Carrolup Native Settlement, she received letters from 22 of the Aboriginal children. In one of those letters, Parnell Dempster described how the settlement supervisor, Mr Sully, had stopped Noel White taking the boys to the […]
02/11/2021

Belonging and Being Loved: Bruce Perry

Here is what Bruce Perry has to say about ‘belonging’ and ‘being loved’ in What Happened To You: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience and Healing, the excellent book he wrote with Oprah Winfrey. ‘Belonging and being loved are core to the human experience. We are a social species. We […]
01/11/2021

Noelene White Interview, 2005

Noelene, along with her siblings Janette (Jenny) and Ross, went with her parents Noel and Lily White to Carrolup Native Settlement in May 1946. She was 12 years old at the time. John first met Noelene in 1985 and learnt a lot from her about the Aboriginal children […]
29/10/2021

Some Favourite Carrolup Story Blog Posts: Part 1

I thought I’d upload a second blog post today to celebrate John’s talks at The Kodja Place, Kojonup this afternoon. We now have 172 posts on our Carrolup Story Blog. Here are links to ten of my personal favourites. A Long Way from Home: But for the three […]
29/10/2021

Healing Blog Posts: A Kojonup Celebration

This afternoon, John Stanton will be giving his and my talks about the Aboriginal child artists at The Kodja Place, Kojonup, {while I recuperate at home}. One of the aims of these talks is to highlight the legacy of the Carrolup Story, in relation to how it speaks […]
28/10/2021

John Stanton in Kojonup and Albany

I’ve just talked to my colleague John Stanton on the phone, just as he was heading off south to Kojonup. He will be giving talks there and in Albany in the next days. I should have been travelling with him, but I’ve been laid low for the past […]
19/10/2021

New Additions to Memorabilia Gallery

I have today added another 18 items to the Memorabilia Gallery, which now contains 66 items (newspaper clippings, letters, items from Noel & Lily White’s personal collection of memorabilia, examples of the children’s schoolwork, art prints and official documents). The items I have added today are: Letter from Stephen […]
18/10/2021

Carrolup Artworks Displayed in India

On the 19th of August 1949, the following article appeared in the Great Southern Herald newspaper: ‘The art of Carrolup native children is to be shown at exhibitions in various countries arranged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. Through the Education Department, 28 water colours, […]
15/10/2021

Dr Bruce Perry on How To Transform Pain Into Power

‘I think of the most transformative people I have ever known, every single one of them had personal pain and traumatic experience that was a core element of who they became. And it didn’t crush them… Those people tend to have tremendous empathy for others who are struggling […]
14/10/2021

John Stanton Interview, Part 1

Here are three film clips from the interview I did with John Stanton about the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup on the 6th of October 2017. Why the Carrolup Story is so Important: Teacher Noel White created a different atmosphere at Carrolup so that the Aboriginal children, who […]
13/10/2021

Letters from Two Royal Houses

In the second half of the 1940s, the artworks of the Aboriginal children of Carrolup captivated audiences in the south-west of Western Australia and then in cities around Australia and New Zealand. In the early 1950s, audiences in the Netherlands, England and Scotland were captivated. Amazingly, staff from […]
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