|Born at Ilpitirri near Mt Denison,
north-west of Papunya, c.1927 of the Anmatyerre/Western Arrente tribe.
His first contact with whites was as an infant survivor of the Coniston
massacre (1928): 'All the people were running. I was a little one - in a
coolamon. My mother put me under a bush. My father had gone hunting -
for a rabbit and goanna. They killed my mother. I was grown up by her
sister - Clifford Possum's mother.'
grew up near Napperby station and Aileron, was initiated at Napperby,
working there as a stockman. Later he worked as a cook in the Papunya
communal kitchen and with the Pintupi people brought in from the west,
helping them to adjust to the settlement lifestyle. He was one of the
Papunya Town Councillors in the 70's and an accomplished wood carver
before he took up painting.
was a Central Australian delegate to the NAC during the 70's; Aboriginal
Arts Board member 1975 - 79; and Chairman of Papunya Tula Artists during
the 70's. Billy has visited the