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Gathering Oral Histories project


In Gathering the Oral History of Carrolup, the project teams is working to capture the history and stories of the known artists of the Carrolup Native Settlement from the period of 1946-1950, when Noel and Lily White ran the school. This project will only work with the help of families and community members who may remember the artists or their families and descendants.

A dedicated project team from Curtin, which includes a film crew, editor, project leader and research assistants, is working closely with the Carrolup artists’ families and others who can provide key information to help record their lives and preserve their memories. The project will create a permanent collection of stories, photographs, videos and archive records linked to the historic art collection that can be shared with the community and used in future projects.

If you are interested in recording your relevant oral history or you can connect us with families of one of the child artists, or if you have one of the Carrolup artworks and would be interested in recording how it came to be in your possession, please get in contact with the project team.

The project team
Curtin University, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry:
Professor Anna Haebich,
Dr Michelle Johnston, Senior Lecturer, Screen Arts
Irma Woods, Nyungar Research Assistant
South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council:
Dezreena Hoelker, Junior Anthropologist/Membership Officer
Callum Morich, Research Intern
Britta Kuhlenbeck, Senior Anthropologist

This project is generously funded by Lotterywest. It includes the appointment of Nyungar researchers, two from the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council, who provide valuable perspectives, connections and contributions to the project.

For further information please contact
South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council
Phone: +61 8 9358 7400
Email:, or