Last Wednesday we previewed our ‘Balbuk’s Country’ quilts to a small group of City of Perth employees, Gina Pickering from the National Trust, and two of Fanny Balbuk’s ‘Whadjuk’, Noongar family group. The experience was profound.
The Whadjuk people were Glenys Lawrence (Ponton) Yarran and Dianne Wynne (daughter of Glenys). After we each described the motivation and symbolism in our quilts, Glenys responded to them. She recalled, as a child, knowing the river crossing where the Causeway now stands. She was born in the Burswood area and used to walk to the Perth city area with her family, staying only within the hours that Aboriginal people were allowed. She referred to our ‘bush tucker’ quilts and, when Liz asked her, gave us her method of cooking kangaroo meat.
Afterwards our group enjoyed morning tea, provided by the National Trust, when we sat outside the City of Perth library with Dianne, Glenys and Gina. Conversation was interesting all around. Among other things, Dianne told us about her involvement in setting up a reimagining project on Aboriginal culture, and Roberta and Glenys had a friendly chat about days past in Gosnells.
Hilary explaining her map of the Swan River to Jenna who will be installing the quilts in the City of Perth library
Jenna getting the low down from Liz on the attachment of the Velcro that Jenna requested
Roberta explaining her ‘Continuous Crossing’ quilt