Born about 1956
Manyjilyjarra language group, Milangka skin group
Thelma was born in the Percival Lakes region and grew up around Yimiri and Kurturarra. In 1964, her family was amongst the last Martu groups to leave the desert and be reunited with their families at Jigalong mission. She went to school in Jigalong, moved to Strelley Station and then married in Jigalong where she had her children. Thelma lives in Parnngurr today with her husband Yanjimi Peter Rowlands and their children.
2008, by Thelma Judson
plant fibre and yarn with beaded edge, 6×26 cm
National Museum of Australia
Nalda Searles came to Parnngurr and we coiled baskets all night and all day. All night and all day – no sleep in Parnngurr!
Yuwali Janice Nixon, 2008
We gather the minari [a type of grass] from our own Country and we like lovely coloured wool. We design baskets to remind us of the piti [wooden dishes] we used to carry on our heads. Some women use tin bases, or try out different shapes or materials. It’s always lovely when we sit and weave together.
Nola Taylor, 2008