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Brooke has a brush with the Governor

Brooke Sutton Governor General
Local artist Brooke Sutton's painting represent the Bundaberg Region and the turtles of Mon Repos. Photo: The Honourable Paul de Jersey, Brooke Sutton and Mayor Jack Dempsey.

Kalkadoon artist Brooke Sutton presented a seaside painting to the Governor of Queensland to hang proudly at Government House during his vice-regal visit to the Bundaberg Region.

Brooke had the honour of attending a private reception in Bundaberg with His Excellency, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

The reception was held to celebrate the Bundaberg Region and thank locals for their efforts to promote the region's prosperity and the wider advancement of Queensland.

As a Kalkadoon artist Brooke and her sister, renowned Aboriginal artist Chern’ee Sutton, were incredibly honoured to have the opportunity to meet his Excellency and Brooke gave him one of her signature seaside paintings as a gift from herself and the Bundaberg Region.

“It was such a privilege to meet His Excellency and talk to him about my painting Wani Wani Watina in the Kalkadoon language which means ‘to play side by side’ which represented Bundaberg and the beautiful coastline and iconic turtles from Mon Repos,” Brooke said.

“He absolutely loved the painting and said that he would hang it at Government House, which is amazing!

“This was my first time meeting His Excellency so I was a little nervous with all the protocols and formalities, but he was such a lovely person and was genuinely interested in what I had to say and I felt so privileged that His Excellency allowed me to have a photograph with him and his new painting.”

The painting will travel back to Government House with His Excellency where it will be on permanent display. 

Brooke Sutton Governor General
Kalkadoon artist Brooke Sutton’s gift of a seaside painting to the Governor of Queensland to hang proudly at Government House.
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