Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Collections Report-Audiovisual Archive

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Collections Report-Audiovisual Archive

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Marisa Harris, Senior Curator (Audio), writes:

The Archive recently received three recordings of interviews with renowned Kija artists Queenie McKenzie and Peggy Patrick. The women relate several stories about animals as well as autobiographical information. The recordings were made by Jennifer Field at Warmun community in 1982 and 1987 and are primarily in Aboriginal English with occasional interjections in Kija. Ms Field hopes to publish a book about the life of the late Queenie McKenzie and has been given provisional approval by Aboriginal Studies Press.

Queenie McKenzie was born at Old Texas Station in the eastern Kimberley sometime around 1930 to a Malngin/Gurindji mother and a non-Aboriginal father. She stayed in the area for most of her life, avoiding removal by police and working as a stock-camp cook on New Texas Downs for over 40 years. Ms McKenzie did not begin painting until the mid-1980s, after having lived in the Warmun community for some years watching the local artists at work. Her work is held by many Australian galleries including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria, and has been exhibited as far afield as San Francisco. …

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