Original Oil Painting on Canvas
By Helen Norton
92 x 120 cm
1991 Pidgeon Series (Jandamarra)
In his time as a tracker, Pidgeon brought in (captured) many stock spearers. They were taken to the fast growing town of Derby (in the North West of Australia), where the aboriginal prisoners were then put to work in chain gangs building roads and rail. One of the important things to note was despite Pidgeon working for the white men and their laws, and I am quite sure he was fully devoted to this, all the time he was still learning new skills. As I mentioned, those same skills (like a well trained soldier) would later only switch loyalties.