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Mr Grayden

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes


Mr Grayden

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They [William Grayden and members of his party] were looking for the smoke from the campfire then they would go to the camp and meet those people. They would collect the papa [dingo] skins and give the people food and clothes.

Mr Grayden travelled a long way round, through tali [sandhill] country. From waterhole to waterhole. My father and mother met Mr Grayden near Yurliya [Rawlinson Range].

Judith Yinyika Chambers

An acrylic painting on canvas showing people and vehicles, with five waterholes running through the centre.
Mr Grayden, 2011, Judith Yinyika Chambers, acrylic on canvas, 1015 x 1020 x 32 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

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Western Australian politician William Grayden travelled to the Rawlinson Range in 1953 to search for the remains of 19th-century explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. He returned three years later to inquire into ‘Native Welfare Conditions’.

Judith Yinyika Chambers portrait.
Photo: Alexandra Frith.

Judith Yinyika Chambers
Born 1958
Purungu skin group

Judith Yinyika Chambers was born at Mitjika, a rock-hole near what is now Wanarn community. Her family settled at Warburton mission while she attended school. Chambers completed her schooling at Pink Lake High School in Esperance, on the south coast of Western Australia.

The family moved to Docker River in the Northern Territory in the late 1960s, to be closer to their homelands.

Her family returned to Warakurna as part of the 1970s movement back to country.

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