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Giles Weather Station

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes

Giles Weather Station

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A rocket fell from the sky. Only the whitefellas were there to hear it. All the Yarnangu were gone to the mission with Mr MacDougall and Mr Macaulay.

Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett

An acrylic painting on canvas showing an aerial view of rectangular buildings and intersecting paths in a multi-coloured landscape.
Giles Weather Station, 2011, Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett, acrylic on canvas, 768 x 1020 x 33 mm.

This painting shows an aerial view of the Giles meteorological station, set up to aid the weapons testing program at Woomera and Maralinga in South Australia.

Dorcas Tinimayi Bennett portrait.
Photo: Edwina Circuitt.

Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett
Born 1956
Tjarurru skin group

Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett was born at Wurturu rock-hole near Kaltukatjarra (Docker River).

Her family was living in the Warakurna–Tjukurla area when they came into contact with Native Patrol Officer Bob Macaulay, who took them to Amata settlement in South Australia.

Eventually they were reunited with family in Warburton and joined the push to return to their homelands by firstly moving to Kaltukatjarra in 1968 and Warakurna in 1974.

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