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Kylie at Work
Kylie at Work
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • Kiwirrkurra, in the Gibson Desert, is one of Australia's most remote communities. In 1991 there were only two classes at the community's school. Kylie was busy at work in the littlies class. Unfortunately, I can no longer remember who her teacher was. I wonder why her's is the only name to be recorded on the back of any of my photographs from this advisory visit. Today Kiwirrkurra school is part of the broader Ngaanyatjarra Lands School, which comprises nine campuses spread across the Western Desert of Western Australia. The Kiwirrkurra campus has Our campus facilities The school contains an administrative block, a designated K-3 classroom area , middle primary and high school classrooms, a home economics room, a resource room, a library and an ablution block. Our students: Kiwirrkurra has an enrolment of 24 students in K-6 and 16 secondary students. Our students attend school every day and have a great attitude. Kiwirrkurra staff and community are proud of their students. Our teachers: In addition to the campus principal, the school is staffed with three teachers, a school administrative officer, and three AIEOs. Our programs: Our school values Pintupi language and culture and, thus, we strive to provide two way learning at school. Students and staff get to experience community, cultural and bush learning days, as well as classroom based activities. - Kiwirrkurra Campus
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The Disappearing A.T.
The Disappearing A.T.
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • The senior class were enjoying a game of T-ball on the Kiwirrkurra oval when the community truck arrived and tried to drag the assistant teacher off to Kintore. Ruby has walked over to see what's happening. I can't remember now if the A.T. went with the truck or climbed down. But my use of the words 'tries to drag' on the back of this photograph suggests that maybe Ruby won out.
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Ruby and her Class
Ruby and her Class
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • I didn't know Ruby well. We weren't exactly neighbours, living 700 kms apart. But I had met her at the educational resource centre in Alice Springs on one of her many long distance trips to get materials for her class. Her intentions were always the best, but maybe at times, a little misguided. Here she fusses over the older boys, getting them organised for Ruth's videoing. The girls look on in interest, while the boy in the corner is laughing. Ruby's mothering would have been extremely strange to these children. But they obviously tolerated it, otherwise the older boys wouldn't have been turning up to school at all.
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Too Shy to Talk
Too Shy to Talk
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • One of Ruth's main purposes on the advisory trip was to get some video footage for 'Lookshow', a video featuring Aboriginal rural schools produced by the Alice Springs Education Centre. She was keen to get the Kiwirrkurra children speaking on camera, but unfortunately, they were all far too shy. Eventually, she had to settle for a group response. I've dug out the edition of Lookshow that includes this footage and I'll upload the relevant segment in a day or two.
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Between Two Worlds
Between Two Worlds
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • A student in the senior class at Kiwirrkurra, one of the most remote communities in Australia. He wears a Balinese T-shirt but is surrounded by an arid world of endless plains, totally oblivious to the whims of international tourism. Back on traditional lands after decades living in more 'conveniently located' communities such as Papunya, the Pintupi people of Kiwirrkurra live a lifestyle as close to the traditional as any Aboriginal people in Australia. It was to Kiwirrkurra in 1984 that the last group of nomads walked in from the desert. The children of Kiwirrkurra are being schooled 'both ways'. With the traditions of their country and ancestors, as well as the ways of the 'white man'. For all of them, the classroom is the centre of mainstream, English speaking Australian culture. It is an alien world within the broader community, and presents a very real boundary they must cross every day they attend school. Many of the elder Kiwirrkurra residents experienced their first contact with non-Indigenous persons during the Homeland Movement of the 1950’s and early 1960’s. During this time many Pintupi taken by Native Patrol Officers to Papunya, a government settlement in the Northern Territory, several hundred kilometres from their homelands. In the 1970’s Walungurru (Kintore) was established while allow many to move closer to their homelands. In 1982 a Pintupi outstation was built where Kiwirrkurra now lies, to facilitate the Pintupi people’s desire to return and live on traditional land. After the first bore was drilled and equipped in 1984, residents came to live permanently in Kiwirrkurra. A point of note regarding Kiwirrkurra is the ‘Lost Nomads’ or ‘Pintupi Nine’ which was a family of nine Pintupi that had lived a nomadic life moving from waterhole to waterhole, living without any contact with Western society until they entered the community to be reunited with their family in Oct 1984. - About Kiwirrkurra
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Writing for the Teacher
Writing for the Teacher
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • During an advisory visit across the Western Australian border at Kiwirrkurra, the children in the senior class are busy copying the 'diary' from the blackboard. The second twin preferring to concentrate on his work rather than smiling for the camera. While I frequently used diary work in my classrooms, it took a different form to this particular lesson. If Ruby, the teacher, had directly asked me for advice, I would have questioned just how useful this activity really was. However, I saw our advisory visit as one of largely offering moral support to teachers working and living in extreme isolation. Ruby was clearly devoted to her students and it was obvious they had respect for her. In such an environment learning often takes place even when strategies are a little dubious.
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Smiling for the Camera
Smiling for the Camera
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • Inside the classroom the children of Kiwirrkurra were somewhat less out going but still ready smile for my camera. One of the twins at his desk.
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In the Middle of Nowhere.
In the Middle of Nowhere.
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-30 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • On our third day and after travelling 700 km along desert tracks, Ruth and I arrived at Kiwirrkurra. The boys were happy to show off their hand walking abilities for the strangers with their cameras. Kiwirrkurra is located in the “tali” (sandhill) country of the Gibson Desert, to the south west of Lake McKay. The community is located within the Shire of East Pilbara but the closest neighbouring community is Walungurru (Kintore) Aboriginal Community located 100km west in NT. It has been described as the most remote community in Australia. All Kiwirrkurra residents are Pintupi speaking people however many have close family ties with the residents of other Ngaanaytjarra communities. Kiwirrkurra Community became affiliated with the Ngaanyatjarra Council in 1988. - About Kiwirrkurra
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Lookshow Visits Kiwirrkurra
Lookshow Visits Kiwirrkurra
  • Author: JamesWired Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 1991-05-01 00:00:00
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'0"S - 127°45'59"O
  • 'Lookshow' was a video 'newsletter' produced a couple of times each year by the Alice Springs Education Centre for Aboriginal rural schools throughout The Centre. The individual segments were largely filmed by teachers in those remote schools and featured a wide range of subjects - cultural activities, sports, interstate trips, music, and occasional a dramatical production. 'Lookshow' was very popular with both the teachers and students and each video was watched over and over again. For many years Ruth was responsible for the editing of 'Lookshow' and she was always searching for fillers and stings to paste the individual segments together. She had hoped to get some of the Kiwirrkurra kids speaking on camera. A simple line something like, "Hello my name's .... I'm from Kiwirrkuura, and you're watching Lookshow 30." But nearly all of them frozen in front of the camera. Eventually, she settled for the group shot which is included in the footage above, although it is still difficult to understand exactly what the class is say. She also got some vision of the boys walking on their hands before we entered the classroom. The footage of the hunting trip was taken by Ruby and is typical of the kind of segments that bush teachers regularly submitted for 'Lookshow'. Video quality varied greatly and Ruth often had to work minor miracles to extract something that would interest a much wider audience than just the particular school it was shot at. Finally, when enough video had been submitted to produced about a 30 minute 'Lookshow', Ruth would have to record someone introducing the various segments. On 'Lookshow 30' she used students from Yirara College in Alice Springs. I think this had turned out to be rather labour intensive as she didn't use them again.
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Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
  • Author: LandCruisers4eva Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 2016-07-06 13:22:47
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'3"S - 127°45'48"O
  • The remains of the burnt out ration truck of the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party.
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Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
  • Author: LandCruisers4eva Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 2016-07-06 13:22:24
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'3"S - 127°45'48"O
  • The remains of the burnt out ration truck of the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party. I wonder if that's its original Commonwealth plate?
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Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
  • Author: LandCruisers4eva Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 2016-07-06 13:20:17
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'3"S - 127°45'48"O
  • I have always wanted to see this for myself. Now I have.
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Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
Len's ration truck at Kiwirrkurra
  • Author: LandCruisers4eva Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 2016-07-06 13:19:45
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'3"S - 127°45'48"O
  • Relocated here in 2004 to save it from the ravenges of souvenir hunters, this is what's left after it caught fire and destroyed practically all of the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party's rations, on the 12 Nov 1960. The water in the water tank on the back apparently got to boiling point, so Len shot a hole in it with his revolver, and with some tea leaves that they had rescued, made a cup of tea.
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DSC02377
DSC02377
  • Author: brettinoz30 Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 2014-07-30 16:07:33
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'4"S - 127°45'42"O
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DSC02378
DSC02378
  • Author: brettinoz30 Follow on flickr foto flickr
  • Date of photography: 2014-07-30 16:08:25
  • Geographical coordinates of the taken: 22°49'5"S - 127°45'42"O
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