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Gathering Carrolup Stories

The Lotterywest supported project, ‘Gathering Carrolup Stories’ involves recording stories of the child artists who lived at the Carrolup Native School and Settlement in Western Australia’s Great Southern region in the 1940s.

The children’s artworks were created as part of a teaching program developed to ease the suffering of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from their families in accordance with the Government’s policy of assimilation in the late 1940s.

Curtin Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the project enabled a better understanding of this significant part of the State’s story;

“As well as providing an important resource for building cultural and historical knowledge, it will reconnect the paintings to the artists and their families.

“The importance and urgency of this project lies in the gathering of these stories as the individuals who hold these stories and experiences are ageing and few remain.”

Gathering Carrolup Stories

Image: Reynold Hart, A Native Corroborree, c1949, pastel on paper, 750mm x 284mm,
The Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork, Curtin University Art Collection

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