In 2010, a group of local Quairading community members came together for a reunion at the Badjaling Noongar Reserve in the Central Wheatbelt, a meeting that was the beginning of Bush Babies. At the reunion, the Elders who were born at Badjaling and the Noongar midwives who delivered them shared photographs, stories and memories of the Reserve.
Working alongside oral historian Mary Anne Jebb, a film crew from Film and Television Institute’s Indigenous Community Stories recorded the day and photographer Brad Rimmer ran photographic workshops and took portraits of the Elders.
Many of the documents and photographs shared on the day had been sourced by women with connections to the Reserve, from the State’s Battye Library and the Department of Indigenous Affairs. With this collection of images and archives, artist Raelee Cook ran photo album workshops in Kellerberrin and Quairading after the reunion to give local community members the opportunity to artistically collate their photographs and keep exchanging images and stories.
“The project gave myself, and many others, the opportunity to work with experts while we sorted through photographs and records in the Battye Library in Perth. The research session uncovered a great deal of previously unseen photos and a lot of personal material we did not know existed.”
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