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Aboriginal Art: Biddy Timbinah Artist: Biddy Timbinah
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Biddy Timbinah
Artist: Biddy Timbinah

Biddy was born in Kiwirrkurra desert sometime in the 1920's, the only child of her parents. With her Dad, three mums, half sister and brother, they walked twelve hundred kilometers from the western desert near Kiwirrkurra to Sturt Creek Station near Halls Creek when Biddy was just a child. They travelled for months through the harsh desert country, surviving solely on bush tucker and the waterholes that gave them drinking water. At Sturt Creek Station, Biddy and her family lived near the river for years until she was a young woman. Biddy got her first job as a maid and also worked at the local rations depot. ‘Those Kartyita (whitefella) like me – good worker me – I work there long time’. Biddy then walked to Old Flora Valley Station about one hundred kilometres with family they had one donkey that carried their water and food. They set up their camp and lived at the station. She also got a job as a maid in the station manager's house. She gave birth to her daughter at Flora Vallery Station in 1959. Biddy tells the story of when the government came to take all the half cast children away from the station. ‘All the people been digging holes on the side of the banks to hide their kids, some got taken away, but me, I put my baby in the coolamon and walked right up to those government people and told them this is my only baby, you not going to take her from me. My daughter was very white with white hair. My daughter’s father came and talked up for me, he worked for the main roads.  She eventually made her way to Halls Creek in 1973 and gave birth to a son. Biddy started painting at the Halls Creek TAFE in 2007 and currently for the Yarliyil Art Centre. She proudly paints her country and the stories of when she was young in western desert style. Although she is relatively new to painting, Biddy has grown profoundly as an artist and in 2012 took home the Mid-West Art Prize for the overall award of excellence & won the best work by an Indigenous artists at the Hedland art awards.

Aboriginal Art: Deirdre Butters Artist: Deirdre Butters
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Deirdre Butters
Artist: Deirdre Butters

Deirdre was born in Derby on the 27th of July 1987. She was raised in Halls Creek and attended school here. Through her mother she is Jaru and she is Gija from her father side. As a kid she would often go bush with her parents & siblings and spent a lot of time camping, fishing and hunting. She always had a natural talent in art and won a painting competition when she was eight years old. The painting was done for Family & Children Services, the original painting is hung at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. Deirdre paints in many styles, traditional & contemporary, and visualizes her work before she creates it.  

Aboriginal Art: Janet Dreamer Artist: Janet Dreamer
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Janet Dreamer
Artist: Janet Dreamer

Janet was born at Old Flora Station on the 1st of February 1959. Her parent's were both of the Jaru people, Janet had four brother's and one younger sister. They grew up at the station and as kids they would go hunting and fishing with the old people. They learnt ways of the traditional life the ways their ancestors lived. Janet then moved to the new station and worked in the kitchen for the station managers. She then went to Kilkimby Station and that's where she had her two children. She then moved to Billiluna Station and lived there for a while. She lived between Halls Creek, Kununurra and Billiluna, but she is still a Halls Creek girl. Janet paints stories country and culture that she learnt from her old people.

Aboriginal Art: Lulu Trancollino Artist: Lulu Trancollino
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Lulu Trancollino
Artist: Lulu Trancollino

Lulu was born Bedford Downs Station near Halls Creek sometime in the 1930’s. She grew up at the station and didn’t attend school. Her family and her would go hunting every day to gather food. When Lulu became a teenager she would do odd jobs for the station managers; working in the kitchen, gardening and cleaning the houses. The pay was very small, sometime they would get soap, flour, tobacco or small amounts of food. Lulu had her first son at Halls Creek Hospital, then two more sons’ at Bedford Downs Station and a daughter. They grew up and went to school at Springvale Station and eventually went to high school in Geraldton. She met her second husband at Bedford Downs Station, the late Mr Trancollino. They moved to Moola Bulla Station, her husband worked there as a contract yard builder. They lived there for eight years then moved to Halls Creek. Mr. Trancollino started working for the water authority while Lulu stayed homeand looked after the house and the children. Lulu bore another two daughters and a son in Halls Creek. When her children were at school, Lulu wa influential in setting up the Kimberley Language Resource Centre where she was involved in language projects and published Kidja language books. She also helped set up the Halls Creek women’s shelter. Lulu started painting with Mrs Peggy Chadwick at the Halls Creek TAFE in 2007. She participated in paintings for the town walk with the Halls Creek TAFE. .Lulu now paints for the Yarliyil Art Centre which has re-established in July 2010 and has been involved in several ochre workshops with the Red Rock Art Gallery and recently a printmaking workshop with Basil Hall. She paints proudly about her country & the stories of when she was young. Each artwork presented comes with Lulu's story - in her own words shared with Tradition and humour.

Aboriginal Art: Maggie Long Artist: Maggie Long
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Maggie Long
Artist: Maggie Long

Maggie was born sometime in the 1940's on Sturt Creek Station. She grew up there with her family where she learnt a lot about living the bush life, hunting & gathering food. This is where Maggie would also learn from her elders about traditional way of life, singing & dancing. There was no school in those days, because they lived too far out of the main township. She then got a job on Gordon Downs Station as a kitchen hand and that's where she eventually met her partner. They then moved to Kilkimby Station where she started her family. All her paintings are the stories that were told to her by her grandmother and the life that she knew growing up in the bush.

Aboriginal Art: Renat'e  Jazyk Artist: Renat'e Jazyk
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Renat'e  Jazyk
Artist: Renat'e Jazyk

My mother is a Kija/Lunga elder from Moola Bulla (Ngarrawanji). I was born in Wyndham, i grew up in Halls Creek. i have been painting for awhile and my ancestors would like for me to keep painting to tell our stories.

Aboriginal Art: Rosie Lala Artist: Rosie Lala
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Rosie Lala
Artist: Rosie Lala

Rosie was born at old Balgo station sometime in the early 1940's. She stayed there with her family until she was about was six years old. They then walked hundreds of kilometres with her parents from the Tanami Desert to find work at Gordon Downs Station near Ringer Soak, 170 Kilometres from Halls Creek.

Their new home was a hard, dry, featureless place on the Great Antrim Plateau near the Northern Territory border, and they worked as virtual slaves - Rosie and her mother cooking and cleaning, her father on the cattle station. They lived with other station workers from the local Djaru community at Kundat Djaru (Ringer Soak), an area pitted with waterholes, picking bush onion and eating goanna, living a largely traditional life. But when the station closed in the 80s, many of the people moved to Halls Creek. Rosie stayed at Ringer Soak and still lives there today. Rosie proudly paints the dreaming stories that mother and father had told her.

Aboriginal Art: Sadie Padoon Artist: Sadie Padoon
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Sadie Padoon
Artist: Sadie Padoon

Sadie was born on Sturt Creek Station on the 24th of April 1956. She grew up at the station with her family. When Sadie was a child she loved going fishing and gathering bush tucker, but most of all Sadie's favourite dutie was milking the goats first thing in the mornings. Sadie left Sturt Creek and went to Balgo to do her schooling. When Sadie finished schooling and was old enough to leave home, she moved to Halls Creek where she met her partner, & got married. Sadie is a jaru and kukatja woman who loves to paint about the dreamtime stories handed down to here from her mother & grandmother.

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