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Waratah – Grace Brown

Waratah the painting is an original mixed media painting on hardboard by Grace Brown. It also includes the traditional dot painting and the travels of our ancestors surrounding the beautiful waratah. This painting has the genuine Queensland boulder opal, which is one of Grace Browns identifying symbols of her paintings. Also included is her hand print on the back of all her paintings and a signed certificate of authenticity.

Waratah is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Seen from afar’ or ‘Beautiful’. The name comes from the Eora people, the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.

Recognised by most as the crimson coloured floral emblem of New South Wales since the 1962.

Aboriginals used the seed of Waratah as a source of food and the nectar-rich flowers for the preparation of sweet beverages and also gave it to the sick and very ill. Branches of waratah were used for the preparation of baskets in the past.

Long ago in the Dreamtime there were many beautiful plants and flowers just as there are today. Some of them are just as they were in the Dreamtime, but some have changed. The Waratah flower is one of them. It is an unusual flower because it grows at the top of a sturdy stem that reaches out of a small bush. Usually the flower is a deep red but occasionally a white one may be found. However, in the Dreamtime all the waratah’s were originally white.

The painting is of the story of Wonga the pigeon.

The story of Wonga the Pigeon who lived in the bushland with her mate. They spent their time on the floor of the forest gathering food. One rule was to never get out of one another’s sight. They stayed below the trees because of the deadly enemy the Hawk.

One day when Wonga and her mate were out looking for food they got separated. Wonga called out to her mate but there was no reply. After searching around the lower branches of the forest Wonga decided that the only hope of finding her mate before dark would be to fly above the trees. Eventually Wonga found her mate way down beneath her but the Hawk had spotted her. The Hawk caught Wonga with a crushing grip from his great brown talons tearing her breast open. Wonga desperately tore herself free from Hawk and plunged downwards towards the forest below. She landed bleeding and broken in a patch of waratah bushes. Her blood trickled down onto one of the white waratah flowers. She tried desperately to reach her mate by dragging herself from flower to flower staining each of them a deep red with her blood as she went. Eventually Wonga lost her battle with life and died as she laid upon the waratah bushes.

This is why today most waratah flowers are red, coloured by the blood of Wonga the Pigeon as long ago she flew from flower to flower in search of her mate. Sometimes, although it is very rare, it is still possible to find a white waratah just as they were back in the Dreamtime.

Waratah

Grace Brown

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Additional Information

Waratah – Grace Brown

Waratah the painting is an original mixed media painting on hardboard by Grace Brown. It also includes the traditional dot painting and the travels of our ancestors surrounding the beautiful waratah. This painting has the genuine Queensland boulder opal, which is one of Grace Browns identifying symbols of her paintings. Also included is her hand print on the back of all her paintings and a signed certificate of authenticity.

Waratah is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘Seen from afar’ or ‘Beautiful’. The name comes from the Eora people, the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.

Recognised by most as the crimson coloured floral emblem of New South Wales since the 1962.

Aboriginals used the seed of Waratah as a source of food and the nectar-rich flowers for the preparation of sweet beverages and also gave it to the sick and very ill. Branches of waratah were used for the preparation of baskets in the past.

Long ago in the Dreamtime there were many beautiful plants and flowers just as there are today. Some of them are just as they were in the Dreamtime, but some have changed. The Waratah flower is one of them. It is an unusual flower because it grows at the top of a sturdy stem that reaches out of a small bush. Usually the flower is a deep red but occasionally a white one may be found. However, in the Dreamtime all the waratah’s were originally white.

The painting is of the story of Wonga the pigeon.

The story of Wonga the Pigeon who lived in the bushland with her mate. They spent their time on the floor of the forest gathering food. One rule was to never get out of one another’s sight. They stayed below the trees because of the deadly enemy the Hawk.

One day when Wonga and her mate were out looking for food they got separated. Wonga called out to her mate but there was no reply. After searching around the lower branches of the forest Wonga decided that the only hope of finding her mate before dark would be to fly above the trees. Eventually Wonga found her mate way down beneath her but the Hawk had spotted her. The Hawk caught Wonga with a crushing grip from his great brown talons tearing her breast open. Wonga desperately tore herself free from Hawk and plunged downwards towards the forest below. She landed bleeding and broken in a patch of waratah bushes. Her blood trickled down onto one of the white waratah flowers. She tried desperately to reach her mate by dragging herself from flower to flower staining each of them a deep red with her blood as she went. Eventually Wonga lost her battle with life and died as she laid upon the waratah bushes.

This is why today most waratah flowers are red, coloured by the blood of Wonga the Pigeon as long ago she flew from flower to flower in search of her mate. Sometimes, although it is very rare, it is still possible to find a white waratah just as they were back in the Dreamtime.

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