Goody Barrett

Goody Barrett is a senior Gija woman who was born on Lissadell Station to the north of Turkey Creek in the East Kimberley 1930. She lived and worked most of her life on the old station and then moved to its new site when Lake Argyle was created, leaving her homeland covered with water. Argyle Diamond Mine also caused massive destruction in the area and demolished an important Dreaming site for the Gija people. She and her family moved to Warmun in the early 1970s.

In the early 1990s, inspired and taught by Hector Jandany and Rover Thomas Joolama, she commenced painting the Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories for Jimbala country.

Most of Goody’s pictures show Dreamings and places where she walked in the bush on Lissadell when she was a child. Because of the impact of the mine on the country, she often paints the Dreamings associated with the area.

Reference: Kreczmanski, J. & Birnberg, M., Aboriginal Artists: Dictionary of Biographies, JB Publishing 2004.
Subject & Themes
Daiwul Ngarrangkarni- Barramundi Dreaming; Jeering Ngarrangkarni – Kangaroo Dreaming; Bow River and Lissadel Station Country
Kerry Stokes Collection;
Jirrawun Aboriginal Art Corporation; Kununurra
Individual Exhibitions
1999 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
2001 Short Street Gallery Broome
2001 Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
2002 Tandanya, Adelaide
2003 Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne

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