Grandma and Granddad

Grandma and Granddad

Grandma and Granddad

©Melanie Hava 2016
61 x 61cm
Mixed Media

My “gumbu” (mother’s mother) Grandma Doreen Brooks is Warribarra Clan and my “ngagi” (mother’s father) Grandad Tom Costigan is Dugulbarra Clan – that’s why I’m both Dugulbarra Mamu and Waribarra Mamu.  Grandma and Grandad married in June 1954 in Millaa Millaa and raised 7 children, living and working in Millaa, Silkwood and then Tully where the family has been for three generations now.  While we’re spread across Australia, even with me being early raised in Mount Isa our immediate family all call Tully and the South Johnstone and  the Palmerston and Millaa Millaa our home country.  Grandma Yahjunoh/Doreen and Grandad Minnibah/Tom passed along their love of just being in country: the family of 9 would often spend time together swimming and fishing “yarra-buja-y” in the river after Granddad finished work.  My mum and her sisters and brothers, and most of my cousins and extended family are like that too, we love our freshwaterholes “ngagu”.  But we’re not all of us that keen on black bream “jabu” or “bugal” and eel “gunyin”, “girringan” or “jaban”!

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