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08/01/2024

French Arte Documentary on Carrolup Has Been Broadcast

On 22nd February last year, I reported on my experience in a blog ‘Filming The Carrolup Story for a European Audience’. I had been working with a French TV production team on a project, for Arte, the French/German broadcasting network, and with its Directrice, Emma Piesse. Emma had, in fact, […]
30/12/2023

Most Viewed Website Posts, 2023

My colleague John Stanton and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all the very best for 2024. We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break. We would also like to thank you for visiting The Carrolup Story website. Here are the […]
10/07/2023

Noelene Melville White, 10 November 1933 – 25 June 2023

With great sadness, on 6 July, we laid to rest Noelene White, eldest daughter of Noel and Lily White and sister of the late Janette and Ross White, whose careful custodianship of the Carrolup School papers assembled by her parents contributed so much to our knowledge of the […]
09/07/2023

Talks and Amazing Artworks at Casuarina Prison

John Stanton and I visited Casuarina Prison for our fourth annual visit for NAIDOC week. We have always enjoyed our visits and this year was no exception. In fact, for me personally, this was the most  enjoyable and moving visit so far. On Wednesday, both John and I […]
07/07/2023

Launch of Tony Davis’s book ‘White Sails & Charcoal’

I am delighted to report that the long-awaited book by Tony Davis, White Sails & Charcoal: Stories of Coincidence, Bella Kelly and Carrolup has been published by Hesperian Press. I was thrilled to attend the book launch last Saturday in Tony’s home town of Albany. It was an […]
01/07/2023

Miaritch: Collections of Noongar Art

I really enjoyed attending the Miaritch: Collections of Noongar Art exhibition opening in Albany last night. It was clear to me that the opening was very well received by the many who attended. The exhibition continues until 22 July 2023. Here is what is written in the exhibition […]
30/06/2023

My Good Friend, Noelene White RIP

It is with deep regret and great sadness that I have to announce that Noelene Melville White, beloved daughter of Carrolup teachers Noel and Lily White, passed away Sunday night in Perth. She was 89 years old. I received the news Tuesday morning from Noelene’s close friend Stephanie […]
27/03/2023

Dilip Parekh Playing His Carrolup Song

Many of you will have seen the slideshow of a collection of Carrolup-related photos I put together with the beautiful song about the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup written by Dilip Parekh and performed by Dilip ‘n the Davs. On Friday night, John, my partner Linda and I went […]
27/02/2023

Filming The Carrolup Story for a European audience

In late November, we were approached via our website by Emma Piesse, a Producer at the Franco-German television channel, Arte, which has a focus on arts and cultures of the world. (I was already familiar with Arte, as I watch it regularly when I am with family in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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