Carrolup Song and Photos

Leaning tree by Milton Jackson, pastel on paper, 41 x 33cm, c.1949. Noel & Lily White Collection, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, The University of Western Australia [1993/0019].

Last month, I posted a blog about a song that Dilip Parekh wrote in 2007 about Carrolup. Dilip had contacted me on Facebook:

‘Hello, just come across this site. What a great resource to bring back to life an amazing little chapter of the past that resonates so much with the present. Congratulations on a wonderful job.

I’m a Freo based musician and some years ago I recorded a song called ‘Carrolup’ after learning about this interlude in local history. I even managed to get down there to see the area and it filled me with lots of feelings which I tried to put into the song. Thinking about the children, their learning of the land, appreciation of the beauty that surrounded them and more, all which I tried to put into song. I would be happy to send you a CD or digital copy of the song if you like.

When I called Dilip, he told me that he had been greatly moved by the Carrolup story after attending the Koorah Coolingah exhibition in Katanning in 2006. He visited Carrolup and later wrote the song, which was included in the band’s album Don’t Mind If I Do in 2008. I absolutely love this song.

Dilip sent me a digital copy of the song and I have recently used part of the song as the soundtrack for a slideshow of of Carrolup-related photos I put together in Apple Photos.

Slideshow of photos relating to the story of the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup ( These children, who lived in the squalor of a 1940s government native settlement in Western Australia, created beautiful landscape drawings that gained international acclaim and challenged a government’s racist policies. The background song ‘Carrolup’ was written by Dilip Parekh, a Fremantle-based musician, in 2007 and performed by Dilip ‘n the Davs. Slideshow edited by David Clark.

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