Bonnie Deegan

"When I got back to Halls Creek, my family was talking language to me and I couldn’t understand them."
Bonnie Deegan

Bonnie Deegan was born at Margaret River Station on 5 July 1940. She grew up at the station with her family and speaks proudly about how her elders taught her the way of life in the bush. Sadly, Bonnie was taken away from her family when she was only four years old. She was transported to Moola Bulla Station and then to Broome, where she lost her links to family, country, culture and language.

Later, Bonnie wanted to learn her language again so she could talk to her people. She became heavily involved in the Kimberley Language Resource Centre, working with them for six years before becoming Chairperson. Learning about her culture from her elders, Bonnie became interested in painting in 1992 and joined up at the arts centre. She paints full of pride and distinctively about her country, the bushtucker and the dreamtime stories.

Courtesy of Yarliyil Art Centre

Language Group
Jaru
Date of Birth
July 5th 1940