The Horso Creek Massacre (1880's)
Catalogue No: QNM18-55
Limited Edition: 55
Image Size: 63 x 83 cm
Paper size: 76 x 106 cm
Paper: BFK Rives
Printer: Stuart Blannin Ferguson
Studio: Rousel Screenprints, Sydney, NSW
Published: Sydney, NSW
Queenie McKenzie is a Gija woman whose work depicts her strong connection to country. She grew up on Texas Downs station, surrounded by limestone hills, waterholes and boab trees.
This limited edition, tells about one of the most horrific and defining events in the Aboriginal / White relations in the Kimberley region: A group of Aboriginal people were shot by white police after Paddy’s father killed a bullock. He was the sole survivor after hiding in the body cavity of the dead animal. Several of those killed were women. Their children, shown lying in the coolamons they were carried in, also died. The incident is remembered and passed down as part of the oral history of the region.
Queenie McKenzie is one of Australia’s notable female Indigenous artists and is included in many major exhibitions and collections including the National Gallery of Australia.