Lot 31 

Holiday to Brunette Downs Station  

Nancy McDinny

91 x 71 cm
Acrylic on canvas
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This piece comes professionally stretched.
About the Artist

Nancy was born on Fetrel Island, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, between Manangoora Station and Vanderlin Island. Her Aboriginal name is Yukuwal and her skin name is Nangalama. Nancy’s social history and landscape paintings capture the rich traditional life that she, her parents and grandparents lived, including hunting, harvesting bushtucker and travelling across country. She also uses her paintings as a platform to garner broader interest and understanding about Indigenous experiences of colonisation in the Gulf region, from historic atrocities of frontier violence, dispossession and killings, to ongoing impacts in the form of mining and its irreversible impacts on the natural environment.  

About the Work

This is the story about the trip we used to make with my grandfather, dad, aunty, and all my brothers and sisters to visit my grandmother at Brunette Downs. In this painting it is McDinny family and Isaac family. I’m the back of the wagon with all the small kids and my dad is driving it.  The bigger kids walked alongside. We’d make the trip from Green Bank once or twice a year.  My grandmother’s Irish husband, Jack Kerin, didn’t have any money to pay my father so he gave him the wagon. My father had this wagon until ‘68/’69 until it finally broke down. The wagon was my first motorcar. We would take fresh horses with us to put on the wagon when the others got tired. My grandfather had donkeys too.  We also used to go from Green Bank to Borroloola in this wagon to get rations and the old people would get tobacco. We would walk back, hunting and collecting bush tucker.

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