Susie Pascoe, 'We can see the old place from Claudie Mouth'
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Acrylic on linen, 2010
630 x 1030 mm
Catalogue number: SP20100302
Artist: Susie Pascoe
Region: Pascoe River and Night Island
Biography: We were at Old mission, finished school at 16, that sort of thing. We go to work straight on job, like we work at staff house, doing the cleaning up, learn and help our parents on the hillside garden - looking after sweet potato, corn, pumpkin. Four villages had their own garden, working with that Superintendent. Then I worked at the hospital, helping Father, cooking and washing.
My husband, Arthur Pascoe working as a pearl lugger, Old Site with many island people. "Yola" was his boat for the pearling trade and trochus. My maiden name was Susie Ropeyarn.
I got engaged then called banns in church for our marriage. We had six girls and four boys. I looked after my children, and asked my Mum to look after them when I went fishing. Then we moved to New Site (currently Lockhart River).
They moved us up here, it all depends on airport, when the sea was rough, you couldn't get to the airport. We miss Old Site, we still thinking about 'im. We bin weaving there, Topsy Clarmont, Ruth Clarmont's mother, was always weaving at New Site. We made mats at Old Site, we made mats for church, school, for our homes, and for old people to sit under the trees.
We started painting when Camille came along and we love it too.