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Thelma was born in the Percival Lakes region. As a child she and her three siblings stayed close to the major water sources while her parents went out hunting. After lengthy pursuit, Thelma’s family was convinced by Martu trackers to move into Jigalong Mission. They were amongst the last Martu people to leave the desert and be reunited with the other families. Thelma and her family relocated to Parnngurr Community during the ‘return to Country’ movement.

Today Thelma, her husband and children continue to live between Newman, Port Hedland, and Parrngurr Community.


Born c. 1956

Photos taken by Tobias Titz

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