Some Favourite Carrolup Story Blog Posts: Part 1

Cheryle Jones with John Stanton and David Clark 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 when Noel White was teacher and appears in a photo with Mrs Florence Rutter.

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 of us present on that day at the Picker Gallery, on the 12th April 2005, the profound feelings we shared of joy and excitement were mixed with a deep sense of sadness that all but one of the boys had by now passed away and would never know: only Milton Jackson was still with us.

Guests See ‘Koorah Coolingah’, Katanning Art Gallery, 2006: It was a very emotional moment. Everybody was very quiet, walking silently, occasionally speaking with reverence and discretion as they circled the room. It was almost like being in a church. The sense of awe and reflection was almost palpable. There was a mixture of pride and sadness…

Carrolup: John Stanton’s 40-Year Journey: The Berndt Museum’s exhibition, Nyungar Landscapes. Aboriginal artists of the South-West: the heritage of Carrolup, Western Australia, travels nationally for eight years, becoming Australia’s longest-travelling exhibition at the time. Over 30 of the artworks exhibited are from the Collection kindly donated by Stan, Melvie and Gael Phillips.

Revel Cooper’s Reflections on Carrolup: ‘At first we hated him because Mr White as gentle as he was stood for no noncence. He soon won our confidence and respect, for Mr White was more than a teacher for us. This one man accomplished in a few short years what an whole Department could never do if they tried from now to eternity.’

Facilitating Healing at Carrolup, Part 1: The range of activities instigated by Noel White helped break down barriers between the teacher and his pupils. The fact that many of the activities involved pupils working together as a group facilitated social engagement and broke down barriers between the children themselves.

Development of the Carrolup Art: Charles Crabbe’s Letter: When you read Mr Crabbe’s letter, a typed copy of which you can download here, you not only gain a good appreciation of how the Carrolup art developed, but also of the remarkable education and personal development programme that was developed at Carrolup.

Silencing the Doubters: In an article entitled Young Native Boys Show Keen Artistic Sense: Speed and Imagination Astonish Onlookers, a reporter for the Albany Advertiser describes how the three boys create pictures that win the admiration of their audience of teachers. Soon after, the general public are afforded the opportunity…

70th Anniversary: A Promise: Prior to her and Mrs Hack’s departure at 1.30 pm, Mrs Rutter promises the boys to do all in her power to make their work known throughout the world. The boys cheer her lustily. Today, is seventy years since Mrs Florence Rutter made her promise to the boys of Carrolup. We are taking up her mantle…

Meet Cheryle Jones, Whose Mother Was at Carrolup: When I saw David’s blog posting I was overjoyed, because I immediately recognised that one of the young girls in the photograph… was my mother, Mildred Jones. Without hesitation, I let David know. I was overwhelmed, as I had never seen the photograph before and knew little, in fact virtually nothing, about my mother’s early life.

Importance of the Carrolup Story: It is time that many more Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal walked alongside each other on equal terms to help create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, and more protective of our planet. Telling the Carrolup Story is a stepping stone…

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