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Freddie Timms

Bow River - 1999

natural earth pigments on Belgian linen
122 x 135 cm
Price Realised: $21,960.00

MP #635


Provenance

Jirrawun Aboriginal Art Corporation, WA Cat No. FT599.77
Watters Gallery, NSW
Private Collection, Vic

Freddie Timms was born at Police Hole, Gnarmaliny country on Bedford Downs in the East Kimberley. He worked as a contract musterer, first at Bow River where he grew up and later at the surrounding pastoral leases, including Durham River, Lissadell, Mabel Downs, Old Argyle, and Texas Downs. He was in his forties when he began painting his country under the watchful eye of elders Hector Jandanay, Henry Wambini, George Mung Mung, Paddy Jaminji, Rover Thomas, and Jack Britten.

In this image, he depicts the Bow River Cattle station, with the old stock route from Moola Bulla to Wyndham passing through it. During his droving days, he regularly participated in the two-week cattle drives along this route. There were some ten cattle camps along the way at Bow River, and Damper Creek was but one of them. Also known as Moonlight Valley, it was the last camp before Durham Station, locally known as Doon Doon. The wild 'scrub' cattle, mustered in the high 'top' country, were held in yards prior to the two-week walk into the busy processing facility and port of Wyndham.