PRESS RELEASE 28.6.13 Art Exhibition

Aboriginal Art Gallery Norman & Barbara Miller

Cairns will soon be celebrating NAIDOC Week and recognizing the contribution of Indigenous people to the life of the nation. An exciting new collection of Aboriginal art on the theme of Rainforest and Reef by rainforest Aboriginal artist Munganbana or Norman Miller will be exhibited during NAIDOC Week in the Cairns City Place. The work features landscapes, seascapes and riverscapes and features many of the animal, bird, plant and sea life of the region. The exhibition will be in the C.1907 Contemporary Artspace from 9-20 July from 10am – 6pm with free entry. An opening will be held on Thursday 11 July from 5.30-7.30pm with light refreshments at which Munganbana will be launching a “boomerang petition.” The art exhibition is sponsored by the Cairns Regional Council.


Munganbana says “I paint from who I am and I paint from the rich natural and cultural landscape that I am part of and which inspires me. I am inspired by my Creator, by my family and by my Aboriginal heritage as a member of the Jirrbal, Bar-Barrum and Tableland Yidinji tribes. I was born in Atherton and grew up at Wondecla in north Queensland. I am part of the rainforest Bama or people. My name is Munganbana which means ‘Mountain Water’ in the Jirrbal language. The name Mountain Water describes my work – powerful and peaceful – and the land from which I come – crystal cascades and volcanic lakes.”

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Presentations Of William Cooper, Gentle Warrior By Barbara Miller To Leaders

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Jeremy Jones AM giving the Cooper book to President of Israel Shimon Peres May 2013
Jeremy Jones AM giving the Cooper book to President of Israel Shimon Peres May 2013

Jeremy Jones AM giving the Cooper book to the Australian Ambassador to USA Kim Beazley June 13
Jeremy Jones AM giving the Cooper book to the Australian Ambassador to USA Kim Beazley June 13


When Prime Minister Julia Gillard met with Jewish leaders in Sydney a few weeks ago and signed the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism, she was given a couple of books as a gift from the Jewish community. One of them was my book on William Cooper presented by Peter Wertheim, Executive Director of the Exec utive Council of Australian Jewry.

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Cooper-petition-launch-ACT-21.5.13-group-by-Joy_web“Who would ever have thought that the grandson of Aboriginal rights campaigner William Cooper who tried to send a petition to King George V in 1938 would now be sending it to the King’s granddaughter Queen Elizabeth 11 in 2013, 75 years later. But that is exactly what Alf Turner (also known as Uncle Boydie) is doing” said Barbara Miller, part of a team helping him do it.

“Bipartisan support for the petition is rising” said Miller “with Opposition leader Tony Abbott signing it on the same day that the Journey to Recognition was launched at Federation Square in Melbourne. Education Minister Peter Garrett has also signed it as has Jeannette Powell, Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and former Australian Democrats Senator Aden Ridgeway and AFL legend Michael Long. There are currently over 80 signatures on it.”


THE GATHERING – Painting Story


Acrylic on canvas – 860mm x 840mm
Original sold
Limited edition prints will be available

Front Cover Artwork
This painting is part of a reconciliation theme and the important thing I want to bring across is as a gathering of people how we can work in that good partnership/relationship way. How we can build on and encourage and recognize the diversity, not only in our nation, but also in our cities and towns.

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P O Box 1967

Ref-1967-ptg-with-NormanAcrylic on canvas –
1200mm x 900mm
$2,500, shipping free
Limited edition prints may be available
The 40 year anniversary of the 1967 referendum on 27 May 2007 is a moment of such historical significance for my people and this nation of Australia that I had to capture the moment in my painting. It is a matter of seizing the moment. It is a watershed time that changed history and the swirling waters in my painting reflect that. In fact, the movement of the waves surrounding the nation are vigorous, refreshing and life-giving. A map of Australia is in the centre of the painting with theTorres Strait Islands impressionistically depicted to the north east as there are two indigenous groups in Australia.

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From Sorry to Journey of Healing

Sorry-Day-painting-unveiledAcrylic on canvas 2m by 2m
This painting was presented as a gift to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd by the artist on 26 May 2011
Limited edition prints will be available

I was inspired to paint this canvas as a way of commemorating Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s saying “sorry” to the stolen generation of Aboriginal people on 13 February 2008. I wanted to present this painting as a gift to the Federal Parliament to say “thank you” on behalf of the Australian people, indigenous and non-indigenous. It is my hope that it be hung in Parliament House as a reminder of what happened.

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Shaping History

Israel-Lighthorse-&-Evian-002Acrylic on canvas

Gift to Solly Kaplinski, English Desk, International Relations and Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel 5 January 2004Limited edition lino (oil) prints may be available on the same theme


In the painting, the Israeli and Australian flags are shown to demonstrate the special relationship between Australia and Israel based on the ANZAC victory at Be’er-Sheva (Beersheba) on 31 October 1917. Continue reading “Shaping History”

William Cooper Handover YouTube Clips

As part of the book launch of my book on William Cooper, this is the youtube of the handover by William Cooper’s grandson, Uncle Boydie, of a replica of the letter of protest re Kristallnacht that William and the Australian Aborigines League tried to hand over exactly 74 years before, on 6 Dec 1938. I contacted the German Consulate in Melbourne in early October to initiate this event and Michael Pearce, the Hon German Consul for Melbourne told me he would be happy to receive it this time but had to get permission from the German Embassy in Canberra. He rang me back the same day to say he had permission. I then introduced Uncle Boydie and Abe Schwarz, our Jewish friend in Melbourne to Michael Pearce and the four of us worked on it by telephone hookups and emails. David Jack made an authentic looking and sounding replica based on the “Argus” newspaper report of Dec 7, 1938 and the format of Cooper’s petition to the King of England.

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