Cry of the Curlew

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Small (8.0" x 11.3")

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Virginia McGowan

Nerang Gold Coast, Australia

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Small 8.0" x 11.3"
Medium 12.0" x 16.9"
Large 16.0" x 22.6"
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Artist's Description

Inspired from reading the novel of Peter Watt

The Cry of the Curlew from a fictioninal novel but based on fact, story set in outback Queensland Australia is very involved ..In the early days of white people occupying and taking over the indigenous people’s land in outback Australia the native aboriginals were considered vermin and there was a determined effort to make them extinct, one way to do this was to poison their waterholes.;hence the two figures in the waterhole.I did this in similar way rock art is drawn, the legend is whenever there is a death the bush curlew cries I haven’t heard one, but they only cry when distressed and apparently the sound is really long mournful and once heard not forgotten.

Pastel painting from the book Cry of the Curlew by Peter Watt

About the Author

Peter Watt’s life experiences have included time as a soldier, articled clerk to a solicitor, prawn trawler deckhand, builder’s labourer, pipe layer, real estate salesman, private investigator, police sergeant and adviser to the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary. He has lived and worked with Aborigines, Islanders, Vietnamese and Papua New Guineans.

He speaks, reads and writes Vietnamese and Pidgin – and has a reasonable grasp of the English language. He currently lives in Maclean, on the Clarence River in Northern NSW.

Good friends, fine food, fishing and the vast open spaces of outback Queensland are his main interests in life. He also enjoys SCUBA diving, military history, crosswords (but not the cryptic kind) and teaching.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Institute of Training and Development and the Australian Society of Authors.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (University of Tasmania), Post Graduate Diploma of Training & Development (University of New England) and an Associate Diploma of Justice Administration (Sturt University).

Peter’s publisher. Pan-Mcmillon purchased the original painting from me a few years ago and it is hanging in their Sydney offices. [this is a copy because the author wanted it for himslelf and I thought I would get around to it at some time so I could give it to him and I forgot to photograph the original properly]

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