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The Army Plane that Came to Warburton

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The Army Plane that Came to Warburton

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Warburton always had a big air strip like that one still there now. One day they said to us all, ‘Big plane coming today’. So we all went down there to see. Yarnangu pirni [lots of people] sitting down watching the big army plane coming in. They opened the back door and one whitefella drove a jeep out.

Eunice Yunurupa Porter

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a propeller airplane with a truck or 'Jeep' next to it.
The Army Plane that Came to Warburton, 2011, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, acrylic on canvas, 765 x 765 x 33 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

As a young girl, Eunice Yunurupa Porter attended school at Warburton mission. Her family had lived in the area between Warburton and Irrunytju (Wingellina community).

Eunice Yunurupa Porter portrait.
Photo: Tim Acker.


Eunice Yunurupa Porter
born 1948
Yiparrka skin group

Eunice Yunurupa Porter is a respected leader and artist in the Warakurna community. She was born at Wirrkural on the Jameson road out of Warburton mission, and lived with her family in the bush before attending school at Warburton mission from about the age of 10.

In 1974 Porter moved to Warakurna, the country of her late husband, where she still lives with her children and grandchildren. She painted a limited number of works for the Warburton Arts project in the early 1990 and began painting with Warakurna Artists in mid-2005, where she rapidly became one of its most exciting emerging artists with her vibrant interpretations of powerful Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) and contemporary stories.

Porter is a well-known dancer and ritual leader who regularly participates in turlku (ceremony). She was elected to Warakurna Artists Executive at its inception and has been the chairperson since 2006. For many years she has also had a leadership role in community development projects.

View other works by Eunice Yunurupa Porter

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