Kaya wanju.
Hello and welcome.

When a collection of Carrolup artworks came home to Noongar country in 2013, a unique and precious resource was returned to Western Australia.

Lost overseas for more than 60 years, the exquisite artworks by young children of the Stolen Generations offer a rare glimpse into the lived experiences of Aboriginal children at a time when systemic racism and discrimination under Government policies tore Indigenous families and culture apart.

Curtin University is now embarking upon an ambitious project to create a permanent, protective home for these artworks that will become a centre for truth-telling and reconciliation in perpetuity.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are warned that photographs/videos on this website contain images of deceased persons, which may cause sadness or distress.

The John Curtin Gallery and Curtin University acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which Curtin Perth is located, the Whadjuk people of the Noongar Nation. We pay our deepest respects to our ancestors and Elders, past and present, our emerging leaders and those of our respective Nations. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land.


If you think you may have a Carrolup artwork and would like to find out more, please get in touch with us at John Curtin Gallery.



Carrolup Coolingah Wirn.
The Spirit of Carrolup Children.

Feb 10 until mid 2023, John Curtin Gallery, Bentley

Since receiving the Herbert Mayer Collection of Carrolup Artwork from Colgate University in 2013, the John Curtin Gallery has extensively exhibited the works in Perth (Boorloo) at our Bentley gallery as well as touring several exhibitions to the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Koolark Korl Kadjan (Spiritual return Home) gives some background about Carrolup and the impact of colonisation on the children of the Stolen Generations.

To view the catalogues from our previous exhibitions please click on the links below.

Koolark Kort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)
2014, Albany, Great Southern Regional Tour

Koolark Kort Koorliny (Heart Coming Home)
2014, Albany, Great Southern Regional Tour

Revel Cooper
2014, John Curtin Gallery

… remembering Carrolup
2015 John Curtin Gallery

Koolark Korl Kadjan (Spiritual Return Home)
2015, Katanning, Great Southern Regional Tour

Bella Kelly Retrospective
2015, John Curtin Gallery