Banana Springs


By Queenie McKenzie

Image Size: 50 x 65cm

Paper Size: 56 x 76cm/Screenprint


Banana Springs is an all year round spring located at the Old Texas Downs station, East of Warmun (Turkey Creek), Western Australia. The artist remembers as a young girl travelling with their drays and horses to old Texas Downs and collecting bananas off the Manager; Jack Kelly who grew a plantation of bananas along the spring itself. They would then load up the drays with bananas and take them to Wyndham, approximately 170 kilometres away. In those days the township of Kununurra didn't exist. The Dreamtime story associated with the spring tells about an old Aboriginal man and his wife living there. When they died, they turned into rocks and created a waterfall. The Husband is the Red rock on the left hand side, top of the print. The wife is on the top right hand side. The trees on the bottom are bananas growing. The pink areas is the waterfall run off. Signed with thumbprint Printer: Red Hand Press Edition: 99 + 3 AP's