Laurie (Gawany) Baymarrwaŋa (c.1917 – 2014) is featured on the 2019 AIATSIS International Women's Day poster in a painting by artist Gill Warden.
Laurie or Big Boss as she was affectionally known, was a senior Yolŋu leader from the Crocodile Islands, North-East Arnhem Land who was instrumental in preserving the endangered Yan-nhaŋu language.
Baymarrwaŋa passed away on Murruŋga in August 2014 and will always be remembered for her vision, wisdom and tireless struggle to follow the law in care for kin and country, for the benefit of all Australians.
It is fitting that in 2019, the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, that we honour Laurie Baymarrwaŋa for her outstanding work preserving Yan-nhaŋu language and educating future generations about the importance of language and culture.
Virtue, Portrait of Baymarrwaŋa at Milingimbi.
Gill Warden, 2013 (Archibald Prize entrant)
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- Released 2019
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Each year at AIATSIS we celebrate International Women’s Day to acknowledge the women around the globe who continue to empower women and girls through leadership, advocacy, strength and courage. Whether its women in their local communities and regions or on the international stage, women continue to strive to make a difference to the lives of children and families.
Over the years, we have produced an International Women’s Day poster that features an inspirational image from the AIATSIS Collection or a prominent role model in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
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