Kimba Hospital installs Aboriginal painting to mark NAIDOC week

ART: Staff members Jamisen Maitland and Jesse Robinson with the new Pitjantjatjara artwork at the Kimba Hospital.
ART: Staff members Jamisen Maitland and Jesse Robinson with the new Pitjantjatjara artwork at the Kimba Hospital.

Last week saw NAIDOC celebrations across the country celebrating the history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

As part of celebrations, the corridors of the Kimba Hospital are now a little brighter with the addition of a colourful Aboriginal artwork.

Pitjantjatjara artist Glenda Hansen's painting tells the story of the Seven Sisters who travelled from the Western Desert through Kimba to the Flinders Ranges, pursued by a man who wants the sisters for himself.

The Seven Sisters are also known as the star constellation Pleiades.

Wudinna and Kimba executive officer/director of nursing Jim McMenemy said while currently few people in the district identify as Indigenous, the Barngarla people of the Eyre Peninsula are an important part of Kimba's history.

The name 'Kimba' is derived from the local Aborginal word for bushfire and the town is located on lands of cultural significance to the Barngarla people.

"NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life," he said.

"The installation of this important piece of Aboriginal art in the main entrance area at Kimba Hospital is in recognition of the Indigenous heritage in the area and is welcoming and friendly to all who see it."