Our 4th Birthday

Imagined corroboree by Reynold Hart, watercolour and ink on paper, 25 x 30cm, c.1948. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Melvie, Stan and Gael Phillips, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, The University of Western Australia [1992/0070].

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 visiting family and friends in Europe for nearly eight weeks, and then catching up with stuff here since getting home. I posted a healing blog yesterday, Stepping in the Circle, but I didn’t think about the date.

Anyway, I thought I’d put up the links to the initial six blog posts we put up on 9 November 2018 so anyone interested could re-read or read them for the first time.

Welcome: I introduce myself and my colleagues in this venture, John Stanton, like me from Perth, Western Australia, and web developer Ash Whitney from Neath in South Wales.

A Long Way from Home: In April 2005, John Stanton, along with Noongar Elders Ezzard Flowers and Athol Farmer, visit Picker Gallery, Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York State, USA, to view Mrs Florence Rutter’s collection of Aboriginal children’s artworks, 55 years after the latter had left Carrolup.

Reconnecting: Ezzard Flowers was interviewed by Tim O’Keefe from the University Newspaper, Colgate Scene, during the trip to Colgate University and here is a written transcript of part of this interview, as well a film clip.

12 Principles of Indigenous Healing: I summarised what I considered to be 12 principles of healing, which are relevant to Aboriginal people here in Australia and other Indigenous peoples around the world.

Historical Trauma: Historical, sometimes called transgenerational or intergenerational, trauma amongst Indigenous peoples is the trauma that has arisen as a result of the historical experiences of colonisation (and associated violence and control), forcible removal of children, and loss of culture.

The Impact of Colonisation: In her book Trauma Trails: Recreating Songlines, Professor Judy Atkinson describes how the control of Indigenous peoples by the coloniser was facilitated by three main types of power abuse or violence – overt physical violence, covert structural violence, and psychosocial domination.

It’s been an amazing four-year journey telling the Story of the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. John, Ash and I would like to thank all of you who have joined us on this journey.

For newbies to the website, you might like to read an article I wrote about the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup for the Royal Western Australian Historical Society which appeared in their Annual Journal Early Days. You can purchase our eBook Connection: Aboriginal Child Artists Captivate Europe from Amazon, Apple or Kobo.

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.

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