Textile artist Cathie Edlington completes Killara work

In the early 1950s, Michael Mullins (1872-1957) subdivided a corner of his property on the Murray Valley Highway half way between Wodonga and Bonegilla, to provide house building blocks to give a start to migrants from the Bonegilla migrant reception centre who wished to settle in the local area.

The settlement took on the name of the nearby section and homestead of the farm - Kallara - although it was the misspelling Killara that subsequently caught on and was gazetted as an official place name. 

Early in 2015, his grandson Michael Mullins (1959-) commissioned Sydney textile artist Cathie Edlington to produce an artwork based on a map provided by Charles Sturt University historian Dr Bruce Pennay that had been drawn by Ukrainian migrant and former Killara resident Roman Kitt.

In October, Bruce mentioned the project in a presentation he gave to the annual conference of the Royal Australian Historical Society, which took the theme ‘Migration Matters’. He said that showing an image of the map alongside a photograph of the artwork reinforced a point he made about 'imaginative ways of remembering migrant pasts at the local level'. 

The other example he gave was the stained glass window representation of the Holy Family as refugees fleeing out of Israel towards the Southern Cross. The window was part of the original 1967 construction of the Sacred Heart Church, Wodonga, and intended to pay tribute to the role of migrants in the local community. The window received local media attention recently in connection with the Catholic parish's resolve to welcome Syrian refugees to the area.

On completion of the Killara work, Michael interviewed Cathie about the project, and plans to also include audio of an interview he has scheduled with Bruce Pennay.

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Jack Duggan's poem for Genevieve

Genevieve gently winding down

Always the Indian
left tied to a tree
uncomplaining
forgotten for hours
– a brave Indian.

At the Melbourne Public Library
happy among the knowledge
kept in its castles of books and
tiers of drawers
until the Patriarch ordained

commitment
to Nursing in Ballarat
but knowledge
rose triumphant
she won the Nursing Prizes

Occasional suitors but
along came Bill
a tough Border Riverina farmer
set in his ways but he loved his
Genevieve

Children came - she lost Margaret
but the others prospered
Michael the Jesuit editor
James the Radiologist, master of X-rays
Elizabeth tripped over an English Canon
then found a Canadian academic
and happiness

After Bill life was not so full
Genevieve stayed alert
read Quadrant and articles of depth
knew the strength and weakness of
politics and business

Despite arthritic carpals
she tended her tiny gardens
managed the family business
James gave her Purdy the foxie
to commune with and cherish

Mum often said: “You keep your daughters
but lose your sons.”
Oceans lured them
to carve careers
in PNG & Kiwi land.’  
Madeline, Cate & Gen
stayed  in Australia’s East

Always close to Genevieve
John stayed in touch
had honeymoon and holidays with
Genevieve and Bill and later
Gen and her kids

All must come to pass and
Gen is winding down – peacefully
Michael is there picking up the baton
from Jennette who spreads
a Veterinary career, motherhood & a lifestyle block
- in her busy life she makes  time for Gen.

So Genevieve lies silent
the ever uncomplaining ‘Indian’
her mind has gone ahead
she calmly contemplates the causeway
as her life spirit fades

A slowly flowing stream
that leads to Heaven
to Bill and Margaret, Dad and Mum
and Cate who have preceeded her -
she smiles and lies there waiting

Genevieve is winding down,
gracefully

RIP (6:45 am Australian time, 3 Aug 2012)

Her brother
Jack Duggan
‘The Stockade’,
4 Kio Road Hataitai
Wellington NZ

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