Gracie Mosquito

Warlayirti Artists (Balgo)

Gracie was born at Sturt Creek Station in 1955. Gracie’s father was from Paruku (Mulan community) where Gracie grew up until she was about 6 years old. Gracie was the youngest of a big family. Then a priest found her at the lake one day (Lake Gregory) and took her from to the Old Balgo Mission where she was raised in the dormitory with her elder sister. After schooling in old Balgo Mission she moved to new Balgo and attended the school there. When she finished school she worked as a health worker in Balgo and married her husband and had 5 sons. She now has 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Balgo elders Bai Bai Napangardi (dec) and Eubena Nampitjin (dec) and Mulan elders Bessie and Vernonica Lucu taught Gracie about the traditional ways of bush medicine and how to prepare them. A few years ago people from Broome came to work with Gracie and Tossie Baadjo to produce, package and sell the bush medicine to local communities in the Kimberley area. A house was allocated in the community where they set up the bush medicine operation.

Gracie is a respected elder in the community and is also a church leader for Balgo working with the Parish to organise community events and services.