Oscar Namtajira
Oscar Namtajira

Oscar Namtajira

Born: 1922
Died: 1991
Language Group: Western Arrernte
Skin: Peltharre

Oscar was born in 1922. He attended mission school before joining the Army Labor Gang in 1942. Three years later he returned to the mission and took up painting. One of Oscars first jobs was to drive his fathers truck.

Oscar was born, out bush, in 1922. After attending mission school he joined the Army Labor Gang in 1942. He returned to the mission three years and took up painting.

Oscar was born in 1922. He attended mission school before joining the Army Labor Gang in 1942. Three years later he returned to the mission and took up painting. One of Oscars first jobs was to drive his fathers truck. Oscar would drive Albert to his various painting spots and leave him with painting supplies. Oscar would then head off to visit the camps of family and friends. This routine lasted for about a year until the truck became so damaged from the rough dirt tracks that it had to be garaged.