Warlawoon Country 3
50 x 30 cm
Signed and numbered 13/25
The works by Rammey Ramsey relate to the flat country in the area near Elgee Cliffs,
south of Bedford Downs, which has the same Gija name as the artist, Warlawoon. It was
always his family's country. Both parents belonged there. They used to muster cattle there
for the now abandoned Elgee Cliffs Station. Rammey spent a lifetime working as a
stockman and was a talented horseman. He remembers galloping over the land chasing
cattle there. He also remembers the strong wind blowing from the east and throwing dust
everywhere. Talking with Tony Oliver about the waterholes Ramsey said: 'This is my
country from my mother and father. Here are the waterholes where they used to live,
camping all around there. They are dreamtime important waterholes. There my parents
used to spear crocodiles. They ate turtles, fish and everything. They used to catch
barramundi. This is my father and mother's country. I am the son speaking.'
Rammey Ramsey, a senior Gija man of Jungurra skin, was born on Old Greenvale
Station, now part of Bow River Station. His own country and that of both his parents is a
part of Gija country in an area to the west of Bedford Downs near Elgee Cliffs. His Gija
name, Warlawoon, is the general name for the whole of that area of country. Rammey lived in
Warlawoon country walking in the bush with his family when very young then moved to Bedford
Downs and worked there as a young man. He spent some time working at Landsdowne Station.
He then moved to Bow River Station and has lived there ever since.