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Warburton Mission: Leaving Time

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Warburton Mission: Leaving Time

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It was very busy there at Warburton in mission time. People heard about the new settlements starting up at Docker River. You can see all the people were picking up their things. Children, dogs and all.

Judith Yinyika Chambers

An acrylic painting on canvas showing many people, some carrying objects and some seated in shelters, and several dogs against a multi-coloured dot infill background.
Warburton Mission: Leaving Time, 2011, Judith Yinyika Chambers, acrylic on canvas, 768 x 1020 x 32 mm. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Wayne and Vicki McGeoch.

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In 1973 Gough Whitlam's Labor government supported the homeland movement under its Self Determination policy, and shortly afterwards, Chambers and her family returned home to Warakurna.


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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