Agnes Kohler


I am a Kaidildt woman, born and living on Gununa, Mornington Island and my Country is Dukawalne on Bentinck Island. I was born soon after my people crossed over to Mornington Island. In those days the Lardil mob fostered or adopted us as their family. The Jacobs adopted me and my sister Gay. In the 60s I was sent out to work on the mainland, I worked at Julia Creek.

As I raised my family, I also adopted a few more children. Now I am surrounded by my family. I used to muck around scribbling, drawing little houses with my kids. My children told me to join the old people here at Mirndiyan Gununa, save me from worrying, take my mind off things. It's good to be alongside family members working, creating and learning together.

These Mud Shells I painted about are from my homeland, Dulkawalne on Bentinck Island.