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Dale Austin

Bininj Nation, Ngurrungurrdjba Country

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Dale Austin is a talented painter, carver and artist with connections to Bininj Nation (Western Arnhemland/Kakadu) and Ngurrungurrdjba Country (Yellow Water)

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Dale Austin was born in Canberra in 1976 to an English mother, who came to Australia when she was 3, and a Bininj father, who was stolen from his mother at the age of 12.

Dale’s mother, Christine Pullman, was evacuated from Darwin to Canberra after Cyclone Tracy - which is where she met Dale's father, Walter Austin. Dale and his family lived in Canberra for 14 years until they moved back to Darwin.

Dale spent a lot of time going bush with his father and hunting out on his country in Kakadu. Walter Austin passed away in 1992 when Dale was 16 years old. This had a huge effect on Dale and he lost contact with his family out on country for a long time.  He eventually reconnected with his family after he met one of his aunties who was working with children in child protection, by chance.

Dennis McCarthy, Jacky Cahill and Rocky Cahill, well-established artists, are also Dale's cousins and they taught him the traditional stories from their country. Dale sought permission to be able to paint these age-old stories in 2010 & has been painting, carving & creating works of art ever since. The journey for Dale now is to gain as much cultural knowledge of the oldest continuing tradition & educate his children and others through his workshops, before any more is lost.