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Trew, Judy Thandripilinha (c. 1865 - c. 1945)

c. 1865
Goyder Lagoon?, South Australia
c. 1945
Aboriginal Storyteller


Judy Trew Thandripilinha ('Poisonous Snake'), of Yarluyandi descent, was born in c.1865, probably on Goyder Lagoon in South Australia. She took the name 'Trew' from one of the early station people. Her first husband was Kuranta ('Sticknest Rat'), also called 'Lagoon Charlie', and her second husband was the highly respected old Wangkangurru man, Yarinjili Todd.

Judy lived and worked on old Clifton Hills and The Bluff, remaining in or close to her own country. She had an excellent knowledge of the bush, and taught her grandchildren about sites and stories, including her own main tradition, the Song Cycle of the Swan. Nearly all the sites recorded on the Diamantina in South Australia are based on her traditions. In c.1936 she organised the last expedition, by camel, to collect pituri from the traditional site west of the Mulligan.

Sources used to compile this entry: Horton, David (ed.). The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, Vol. 2, Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 1994, pp. 1101-1102.

Leonarda Kovacic and Barbara Lemon

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