David Clark

16/03/2021
Parnell Dempster working on his first oil painting under the tuition of Mrs Rutter. Photographer: Vera Hack, January 1950. Noel & Lily White Collection.

Talk: The Aboriginal Child Artists of Carrolup

After my talk at The Royal Western Australian Historical Society talk in September 2020, I was asked if I would give a talk to the King Edward Memorial Hospital Alumni early in 2021. I gave the talk on 21st January and thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. There was an […]
11/03/2021

Addiction Recovery

In my last blog post, I wrote about one of the key factors underlying recovery from addiction—hope. The section was taken from my forthcoming new eBook, Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction. But what is recovery from addiction? Here is a section from my book which […]
10/03/2021

Noel and Lily White

In previous blogs, I described how Mrs Olive Elliot became the teacher at Carrolup Native Settlement at the end of January 1945, after a long period when the Aboriginal children received no education. She eventually decided that the children needed the firm hand of a male teacher, so […]
03/03/2021
The children of Carrolup in their schoolroom with the White family and visitors from Katanning. Photographer: Noelene White, late 1948 or early 1949. Noel & Lily White Collection.

A Pivotal Role: Noel White

Teacher Noel White [left side, just behind children in the above photograph] played a pivotal role in the development of the Carrolup children’s art, as described by John Stanton in the film clip below. Noel first connected with the children and helped them overcome their fear. He provided […]
02/03/2021

Hope

Late this month, I will release my new eBook, Our Recovery Stories: Journeys from Drug and Alcohol Addiction. The book tells the stories of 15 people who have overcome problems associated with drugs and alcohol. Some of the stories are about family members of a person with a […]
22/02/2021

Meeting Dilip Parekh of the Carrolup Song

My partner Linda and I, along with John Stanton, spent a lovely Sunday afternoon/early evening aboard P.S. Decoy, a Western Australian sea-going paddle steamer that works the Swan River. We were there to listen to local band ‘Dilip ‘n the Davs’, who performed a heart-warming Twilight Tribute to American […]
15/02/2021
Bounding for Home by Barry Loo, watercolour and black ink on paper, 30.2 x 50.5cm, 1950. The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University.

Appeldoorn Exhibition of Carrolup Art, Part 2

In my last blog, I revealed that the first exhibition  of the Carrolup children’s art organised in Europe by Mrs Florence Rutter took place in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands in June 1950.  I described how Florence kept a book of letters and comments from people who attended her Carrolup […]
11/02/2021
Letter from Margaret Edenburg (née Rutter) to Mr and Mrs White, 25th June 1950.

Appeldoorn Exhibition of Carrolup Art

I was really pleased to find a message on one of my Facebook posts from Ange Edenburg, a great-granddaughter of Mrs Florence Rutter. Ange, who lives in Bridgetown, and I have been communicating since then. Ange’s grandmother Margaret Edenburg was one of Florence’s daughters. Margaret and her family […]
03/02/2021
Mrs Rutter with two of the trackers at Carrolup during her second visit. Photographer: Vera Hack, January 1950. Noel & Lily White Collection.

Mrs Florence Rutter’s Visits to Carrolup

Last year on the 2nd February, I published the last of a series of six blog posts on Mrs Florence Rutter’s two visits to Carrolup and her trip around Australia and New Zealand where she promoted the Carrolup children’s drawings. If you have not already read those blog […]
27/01/2021

My Trip to Nauiyu, Daly River, 2015

Yesterday, I posted a blog to celebrate Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, Senior Australian of the Year 2021. I mentioned that I had visited Miriam-Rose’s Aboriginal community of Nauiyu on the Daly River in the Northern Territory. I did so, along with 17 others (adults and children), as part of […]
26/01/2021

Senior Australian of the Year: Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann

I was absolutely thrilled to see that Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann was made Senior Australian of the Year 2021. Miriam Rose has done so much for Aboriginal peoples around Australia, as well as for society as a whole. Her Award is thoroughly deserved. I was fortunate enough to meet […]
20/01/2021
Noongar Smoking Ceremony at Fremantle Round House, 26th January 2017.

Key Factors Facilitating Indigenous Healing

When I first developed the educational healing resource Sharing Culture back in 2014, I did a great deal of reading about the healing of trauma and intergenerational trauma. I summarised what I considered to be 12 principles of healing, which are relevant to Aboriginal people here in Australia […]
12/01/2021

How I Came to Write About Carrolup, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted the first part of the Preface to my book Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe, which told the story of how I came to be involved with Carrolup. Here is the continuation of the Preface, which describes my background and how it has influenced my decision […]
11/01/2021

How I Came to Write About Carrolup, Part 1

Here is what I wrote in the Preface of Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe about how I came to be involved with Carrolup. ‘When filmmaker and close friend Michael (Mike) Liu and I were first shown work of the Carrolup artists Revel Cooper, Parnell Dempster and Reynold Hart […]
05/01/2021
John Stanton (left) and David Clark with Cheryle Jones at the Carrolup Revisited exhibition by the Berndt Museum of Anthropology held in the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia, 8th June 2019. Cheryle’s mother Mildred was at Carrolup School during the time that Noel White was teacher.

‘Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe’

Happy New Year to you all. I wish you all well for 2021. My apologies that I have not posted a blog on The Carrolup Story for a while. I have been busy writing another book—on addiction recovery stories—and then needed a break. I’ll be posting more regularly […]
08/12/2020

Our Carrolup Talk at Casuarina Prison

John and I visited Casuarina Prison, the main maximum security prison for males in Perth, on Friday, 13th November to give a talk about the Carrolup child artists and see the art class in operation. We greatly enjoyed our visit, which lasted just short of four hours. We […]
12/11/2020

Carrolup Talks in Kojonup

I only realised this week that I had forgotten to post a blog about the talks that John Stanton, Ezzard Flowers and I gave about the Carrolup child artists at The Kodja Place in Kojonup on the 8th of October 2020. We had been invited to give the […]
11/11/2020

Carrolup Art in the British Museum

In April 2017, I visited John Stanton’s good friend Gaye Sculthorpe at The British Museum. Gaye is Curator and Section Head of Oceania in the Museum. Gaye had arranged to show me a collection of seven drawings done by the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. These drawings would […]
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