Peggy Griffiths

Profile

Peggy was born in 1941 at Newry Station in the Northern Territory to Dianah Dingle & Frank Moore. Her father, Frank Moore took off during the early years and the station manager’s wife told Dianah to send Peggy off to school to do her schooling at K.R.S (Kimberley Research Station) When Peggy was 15 her mother took her away from school to Argyle Station. Peggy then found out she had been promised in marriage to Alan Griffiths when she turned 16. Peggy and her future husband were told to leave; and moved to Kununurra. Today they have 5 children and lots of grandchildren. Peggy remembers much about family and bush life around Goodim community and Newry Station which is her family’s country. It was here that she saw old people taken away from the camp with chains around their necks and here that she learned to dance all the traditional dances.
Peggy began working with Waringarri Aboriginal Arts in 1985 carving and painting Boab nuts and Boomerangs. Peggy then progressed to canvases and limited edition prints which she does to keep the stories of her grandfather Charlie Mailman alive. Peggy and Alan often paint together and are key performers and teachers of corroboree and traditional dances for their community. Peggy is now a senoir artist at Waringarri Arts teaching other artists and has been a chairperson of the organisation over a number of years.

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DOB: circa 1950
Language: Miriwoong
Country: Keep River N.T.