Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Johnson Family Revisits History

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Johnson Family Revisits History

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Emily Prain

emily.prain@news-mail.com.au

FOUR generations of the Johnson family came together to catch a golden glimpse of their ancestor Co tribal elder George Johnson Co through a painting at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery.

The oil and gold leaf portrait by well-known Aboriginal artist Ron Hurley, came out of the vault and straight on display at the gallery as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

NAIDOC Week ran from July 1-8 this year.

George Johnson's son, Merv, said it was special to see the painting, which was created in 1989, back on display.

C[pounds sterling]They brought it out for the whole week,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It's a very special week for people all over Australia to recognise our history and culture.C[yen]

Mr Johnson said Mr Hurley had been his father's nephew.

C[pounds sterling]Ron had great respect for his elders,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Dad was his elder and had a lot of knowledge of his Gooreng Gooreng tribe. …

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