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Macaulay and MacDougall

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Mr MacDougall and Mr Macaulay would light a fire in the spinifex to let us know that they were nearby, next we would send up a fire to show them where we were camped.

Jean Inyalanka Burke

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a landscape made of dot infill with people, many of whom carry tools, and two yellow vehicles.
Macaulay and MacDougall, 2011, Jean Inyalanka Burke, acrylic on canvas, 765 x 765 x 33 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

In the 1950s, Walter MacDougall and Bob Macaulay were appointed by the Commonwealth Weapons Research Establishment to monitor Aboriginal populations still living in the desert.


Jean Inyalanka Burke portrait.
Photo: Edwina Circuitt.

Jean Inyalanka Burke
1945–2012

Jean Inyalanka Burke was a multi-talented artist and storyteller, who had a major influence on the dynamic art scene at Warakurna with her acclaimed three-dimensional works in purnu (wood) and tjanpi (woven fibre). Her paintings built upon this background and extended her storytelling prowess.

Burke was born at a waterhole site known as Arnumarapirti, near Irrunytju (Wingellina). As a child she travelled with her family to the mission settlement of Ernabella, in South Australia.

When her mother died, Burke and her father, Mr Eddie, walked westward to Mount Margaret mission and then to Warburton Mission, where she attended school. Warakurna was Burke's husband's country.

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