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Garth Murgha & Estelle Tranby

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Join Aaron Fa’Aoso as he yarns with Garth Murgha and Estelle Tranby about their artistic process and the inspiration that maintains their cultural practice.

Garth Murgha is a proud Gungandji man. Born at the old Yarrabah mission hospital amongst the beautiful rainforest.  He has spent most of his life either working or camping in the rainforest. The inspiration for his practice comes from watching his father making artefacts as a young boy. Garth’s practice is greatly influenced by his spiritual connection to his Country, land and sea. He handcrafts all of his traditional artefacts from raw materials found in the rainforest.

Originally from the Gungandji tribe, located in Yarrabah, some of Garth’s special works are paintings on objects, such as cross boomerangs, shields and swords. He has a small family business, located in Babinda (58 kilometres South of Cairns).

Estelle Tranby is a proud Djabugay woman, born in Cairns and raised in Kuranda.

Her intricate painting on canvas and other natural materials such as paper bark, rocks and artefacts was passed down from her Enoch Tranby. She specialises in native animals of the region and is inspired by the land, sea and Djabugay cultural stories. 

Both Garth and Estelle are advocates for maintaining inter-generational knowledge by passing on their culture through their art.

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