Magpie Goose is a fashion social enterprise showcasing the bright, bold, fabulous textiles designed by Aboriginal artists and hand screen printed in Australia
Stewart was born in 1951 at Doomadgee Mission in the Gulf of Carpenteria, QLD. He is a Garrwa man on his mother’s side. His paternal grandfather was Ali Hussin, an Egyptian cameleer from Central Australia. His maternal grandfather Yarriyarri grew him up on Calvert Hills Station (NT). Yarriyarri taught his grandson about country and the stories of the land.
From nine years of age Stewart started droving and working in stock camps throughout QLD, WA and the NT. He settled in Borroloola in 1972 after marrying Yanyuwa/Garrwa woman Nancy McDinny. He started his own cattle business at Wandangula (Police Lagoon), in 1979, and currently lives at the nearby Sandridge outstation with Nancy.
Stewart started painting in early the 2000s after he stopped cattle work. He started painting landscapes from the Calvert Hills and Robinson regions, and later started painting historical stories about droving and Aboriginal resistance fighters, who fought for their country during the period of colonisation in the Gulf. Hoosan is Junggayi (ceremonial “manager”) for the country of his mother and her parents. He paints the big country belonging to the Garrwa people.
Stewart created this design in September 2017 during a screenprinting workshop in Katherine run by Tim Growcott and Millie Shorter, facilitated by Magpie Goose in partnership with Katherine Regional Arts.
“I done ringin’ when I was small – 9 years old – in QLD. I lived in QLD for a long time, then we went to Borroloola and got a block and started a little farm. We got a couple hundred head now – 200 head of bullock. We’ve had it for 38 years. Still going.
Ringin’ was before the road trains came along. Today you can truck it, but before you couldn’t truck it. You had to walk him. 700 to 800 miles.
I went ringing when I was 9 years old – over to Townsville sale yards. We don’t do droving anymore We just sell it to meatworks – that’s all.
Size and fit
Jack is six months old, he wears size 0.
size 00: 3-6 months
size 0: 6-12 months
size : 12- 18 months
Treat me right
Design is printed on cotton with quality inks and then heat-set; designs are colourfast. Each metre of fabric is hand-printed and is unique - fabulous variations often occur!
Please treat your wearable art with love and care – we recommend cold hand wash, dry in shade, and reverse iron.