Dulcie (Des or Dessie) Stuart was an Indo-Fijian nurse who joined the group in 1953 and immediately took on a leadership role. She became one of the ‘Top Committee’ along with Ernie Mitchell, Peter Coppin and Don McLeod. This photograph, taken by physical anthropologist Norman Tindale, shows her with stockmen at the Yandeyarra cattle yard.

Des Stuart and Aboriginal Stockmen at Yandeyarra

Des Stuart and Aboriginal Stockmen, Yandeyarra, 21 June 1953, South Australian Museum, AA 338-41-255.

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Pilbara Painting

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Idealistic men and women, including writers and artists, travelled to the Pilbara from other parts of Australia, to be a part of this exciting social experiment. They included the artist Sam Fullbrook who built himself a studio at the Group’s tanto-Columbite camp at the Pilgangoora Bore. At a time when Aboriginal administrations across Australia were planning policy for the incorporation of Aboriginal people into mainstream Australian society, these men and women were, to some extent at least, being incorporated into an Aboriginal social organisation.