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The Army Plane that came to Warburton by Eunice Yunurupa Porter


The Army Plane that came to Warburton by Eunice Yunurupa Porter

Object information


In this painting Eunice recalls the spectacle of witnessing the landing of a Hercules jet plane at Warburton.

"Warburton always had a big air strip like that one still there now. One day they said to us all 'Big plane coming today'. So we all went down there to see. Yarnangu pirni (lots of people) sitting down watching the big army plane coming in. They opened the back door and one whitefella drove a Jeep out." [Eunice Yunurupa Porter]

Physical description

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a propeller airplane with a truck or 'Jeep' next to it.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

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