Aboriginal and TSI Design

The Tjulkurra : Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri

By Janusz B Kreczmanski and Margo Stanislawska-Birnberg.

Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri was born around 1928 and is a member of the Anmatyerre people.

As a new born baby he was caught up in 'The Coniston Massacre which took place at Brooks Soak - the baby, asleep in his coolamon, was hidden under a bush by his terrified mother. Only the baby and those who were out hunting or visiting other tribal groups at the time survived. Billy was adopted by his mother's sister, brought up as one of her own and was initiated in the sacred secret world of an Aboriginal man. He became proficient in speaking English early in his career and continued working as a stockman until the late 1960's. He then went to live at Papunya and met Geoffrey Bardon who was the catalyst for the artistic expression among Aboriginal men living there. In 1972 the Papunya Tula Artists Company was formed. Billy is now a famous artist, he has travelled extensively and his works have been displayed in major centres around the world. This is the story of the now White-haired man the 'Tjulkurra', a story of courage and hope.

Paperback, 42 Pages.