In 2013, considerable attention was focused on the return from the USA of a collection of world class paintings done by Aboriginal children of The Stolen Generation at the Carrolup mission during the 1940s.
These paintings, which are now housed at Curtin University in Perth, highly influenced subsequent Noongar art practice.
Our short film by Michael Liu focuses on another facet of the Carrolup artists’ Story, an unknown Story of how three of the Carrolup artists - Revell Cooper, Parnell Dempster and Reynold Hart - gave gifts of their paintings to Ida Colbung for providing a place to stay during their visits to East Perth in the 1940s.
These ‘paintings from the heart’ have been passed down to Ida’s granddaughter Karen Hume, who relates the fascinating Story to Professor Marion Kickett, Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University.
It is a Story of life in East Perth in the '40s, with the restrictions placed on the movement of Aboriginals and the ongoing fear of Aboriginal children being removed from their families.
It is also a Story of Aboriginal people coming together at the Coolbaroo Club dances and the Aboriginal values of giving, sharing and reciprocity.
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