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'I made a dinosaur' by Conway Wilkie, 2013


'I made a dinosaur' by Conway Wilkie, 2013

Object information


This artwork was created by Conway Wilkie at the Undoonoo Childcare Centre. It was displayed at the centre during an open day for Universal Children's Day in 2013.

Undoonoo Childcare Centre is a community run centre located in the close knit community of Woorabinda in central Queensland, approximately 170km south west of Rockhampton.

Physical description

A children's collage on red card featuring strips of blue and pink crepe paper, and a green feather. The text 'Conway - I made a dinosoure[sic]' is handwritten at the bottom of the page in black marker.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of ten artworks created by preschool children from the Undoonoo Child Care Centre at Woorabinda in 2013. It comprises two painted seed pods, five painted seeds, four mixed media collages and three drawings. They show how the school recognises the importance of including traditional languages and cultural knowledge within the children's education. Children are taught about their local environment and their artwork includes elements from nature, like native animals, but also shows the influence of pop culture by the inclusion of subject matter introduced by television.

Woorabinda is situated on the traditional lands of the Wadja Wadja and Yungulu people in central Queensland. It has a population of 1000 people, with the largest demographic being children under 15. Lessons at Undoonoo Childcare Centre are delivered by family and community members, contrasting to many government run schools where teachers and carers are not part of a child's family and community. This familial dynamic fosters positive educational outcomes. The active inclusion of cultural knowledge within the western education paradigm is seen as reversing the practices that dictated their lives under the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897. Elder Rose Thaiday says, 'representing children is essential to representing this community's story because the future of our town and community is governed by our knowledge and experiences of our past and our land'.

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