67 x 103 cm
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This print tells the story of how the artist saved Rover Thomas when he was a young man. In their younger years the artist and Rover both worked in stock camps on Texas Downs Station near Turkey Creek, W.A. One day at a mustering camp Rover was thrown by a horse which stepped on his head, tearing his scalp off back to his ears. There was no doctor or nurse for hundreds of kilometers so the artist took Rover back to camp at Spring Creek Yard, boiled a needle to sterilise it, and sewed his scalp back on. When Rover was taken to the hospital, the doctors examined the wound and said that Queenie's stitching was so good that they didn't have to re-stitch it at all. Rover recovered and, like the artist, later became one of the best known Aboriginal artists in Australia.
The image shows the mustering camp in Texas Downs country with Rover lying down with a bandage on his head. The cross shape to the left of him is a fire and there is a table and several patch saddles across the creek. The camp is surrounded by trees. At the center right is a windmill which pumps water from Adelaide Spring. Adelaide Spring Creek is shown as a pink line running straight to the left. The main road through the country is shown as a pink line running from the lower left to the upper right.