Dale Austin was born in Canberra in 1976 to a English mother who came to Australia when she was 3 & a Bininj father who was stolen from his mother at a unknown age. His mother Christine Pullman was evacuated after cyclone Tracey to Canberra where she meet his father Walter Austin. He lived there for 14 years until he the family moved back to Darwin.
Dale spent a lot of time going bush with his father and hunting out on his country in Kakadu.
Walter Austin past away in 1992 when Dale was 16 years old & this had a huge effect on him.
Dale lost contact with his family out on country for long time until he ran into one of his aunties while working with children in child protection. After reconnecting with family his cousins taught him the traditional stories from their country. Dale sort permission to be able to paint these age old stories in 2010 & has been painting, carving & creating works of art ever since.
Dale’s journey now is to gain as much cultural knowledge of the oldest continuing tradition & pass it on to his children before it is lost forever.
Aboriginal Bush Traders: Aboriginal Art gallery, retail store and café
Aboriginal Bush Traders is one of Darwin’s most unique attractions. Our Aboriginal art gallery and retail store exhibits a range of authentic Indigenous products, and is complimented by our bush food Café, which focuses on using native Australian products.