Long Walk Home

Long Walk Home

Long Walk Home

©Melanie Hava 2016
61 x 61cm
Mixed Media
SOLD via Umi Arts Gallery, Cairns

My “gumbu” (mother’s mother) Grandma Doreen and her sisters Lola and Mabel/Jimurroh lived on Brooks Road (named after their father who owned land there at Mungalli as well as in El Arish),  The girls lived about 6km away from the Brooks Road State School located on the Palmerston Highway.  There’s a small sign on the Highway showing where the school was.  We didn’t hear much about the girls’ “mugirray” (older brothers) Barney/Moonyinoh and Tom/Mahjanoh going to school, but the girls had to get up early to walk the long road “yalgay” (road track) to school.  Sometimes the three, or four with their cousin-sister Ruth/Jahjahnoh, would ride a horse to school along with the cockatoo “gayambula” sitting on the horse’s tail.  The girls would wear their only best dress which their mum Minnie would have to wash every evening and dry it over the fire ready for the next day.  If they ended up going to school apparently!  Could be wintertime “birrgal” just too much mist “gumburru” and rain “gambal” and not enough fine weather “gundari” that day – you know how schooling can be. 

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