Farewell Magdalene

2010,   130 x 200 cms

Magdalene Johnson passed away during February 2010 at the venerable age of 104, the oldest Arrernte woman, or any resident for that matter, in the town at that time. As the mother of Arranye johnson, my closest male friend in the camp during the 1990s, we would occasionally see Magdalene at Whitegate, Hidden Valley or Santa Teresa. My daughters called her grandma, though 'great, great' would have been more appropriate. though blind all the 25 years that we were acquainted, she remained alert and reasonably vigorous until her final months.