Lasting Legacy: 75th Anniversary of the Pilbara Strike

The legacy of this strike is still felt today, 75 years later.

On 1 May 1946 nearly 800 Aboriginal workers walked off the job on more than 25 pastoral stations across the Pilbara. The Pilbara Strike lasted three years, during which the strikers experienced such hardships this period became known as the starvation years. In the end, the Aboriginal workers prevailed and their demands for equal pay, better working conditions and freedom of movement were met. The legacy of this strike is still felt today, 75 years later.

To commemorate this important anniversary year, The City of Karratha is proud to present this exhibition of artworks inspired by the Strike. The paintings by Nyaparu (William) Gardiner and photographs by Tobias Titz capture the daily lives of the strikers and the importance of their actions to the people of the Pilbara and beyond.

Gardiner was a young boy during the strike years and painted these works from memory later in his life. They offer a firsthand account of history. The subjects of Tobias Titz’s photographs reflect on the ongoing work for social and political change at a community and national level.

Paintings by Nyaparu (William) Gardiner and Photographs by Tobias Titz


Opening Event: Thu 8 July 6pm – 7.30pm, light refreshments provided – Free with ticket CLICK HERE