Freddie was given the bush name, Gnarrmaliny, after the place he was born – Police Hole, on the vast East Kimberley Cattle Station, Bedford Downs in 1946. Growing up on the busy property, he learned all the necessary riding and stock handling skills at an early age. He contract mustered on most of them surrounding pastoral leases, including Bedford, Lissadell, Mabel Downs, Old Argyle, Texas Downs and Bow River Station.
After the stockmen‘s dispute in the seventies, which resulted in the removal of most of the people from their homelands, Freddy was placed fi rst in the Guda-Guda Community at Wyndham, after which, he and his family were relocated to Warmun (Turkey Creek). Bow River Station was eventually granted by the Government to the Timm’s Family, with Freddie’s uncle the late Timmy as Chairperson..
Today, he and his wife Beryline, live at the tiny community of Frog Hollow where he enjoys the peace and quiet as he paints his stories. He started painting around 1986, using the knowledge and techniques that he had acquired by working with, and talking with the best of the Warmun Artists such as Jack Britten, Hector Jandanay, Henry Wambini, the late Rover Thomas and his father-in-law, Paddy Jampinji, who was one of the fi nest of the earlier Warmun (Turkey Creek) artists..
Freddie travels frequently to attend numerous Group and Solo Exhibitions within Australia and his paintings have been collected by notable galleries, Collectors both in Australia and overseas.
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