Snap­shot of the past

Sam Lovell has do­nated pho­tos and per­sonal items from his time as a bound­ary rider and stock­man at Moola Bulla sta­tion to the State Li­brary of WA.

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

DE­SPITE hard­ships early in life, Kim­ber­ley iden­tity Sam Lovell has al­ways re­mained pos­i­tive.

Mr Lovell was born on Cal­wynyadah Sta­tion in the Kim­ber­ley in 1933 but was re­moved by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment from his fam­ily in 1936 and sent to the in­fa­mous Moola Bulla sta­tion, an Abo­rig­i­nal set­tle­ment just west of Halls Creek.

He worked as a bound­ary rider and stock­man and in his trav­els took thou­sands of pho­to­graphs of the re­gion’s cat­tle in­dus­try, meat works, mus­ter­ing camps, the bush and the area’s peo­ple and land­scape.

In the 1980s, he and wife Rosita helped pi­o­neer in­dige­nous tourism in the Kim­ber­ley.

In 2003, Mr Lovell was ap­pointed a Mem­ber of the Or­der of Aus­tralia (AM).

Mr Lovell last week do­nated sev­eral of his pho­tos and per­sonal items to the State Li­brary of WA, which will be digi­tised as part of its Sto­ry­lines ini­tia­tive.

He said he re­tained a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude through­out life.

“Just move on, think pos­i­tive and keep go­ing,” he said. “I’ve al­ways been in be­tween the white and the black and I’m still there. Never changed my at­ti­tude (but) still in the mid­dle.”

Mr Lovell said he had many jobs, but a trip around the coun­try with Rosita was what got him into the tourism in­dus­try, where he made his mark.

“I did a lot of dif­fer­ent things like yard build­ing, fences, made a bit of money on that, bought my own house in Derby then I bought a truck that I drove for 12 years for Mains Roads,” he said.

“Then the time came when they didn’t have use for my trucks, so me and my mis­sus went for a trip around Aus­tralia and I saw all th­ese things about tourism and thought, ‘I’ll have a go at that’. We didn’t re­alise how much work goes into one of those things be­fore you even start. You had to go through tourism com­mis­sions and have cars ap­proved, the height and ev­ery­thing.

“I think we had a head start on ev­ery­one else be­cause I knew the coun­try and the peo­ple,” he said.

Sto­ries from Mr Lovell’s life will be recorded at Moola Bulla sta­tion in a doc­u­men­tary by film­maker Sian Dar­ling.

Perth MLA John Carey said it was crit­i­cal to keep col­lect­ing sto­ries from in­dige­nous peo­ple.

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Sam Lovell has do­nated per­sonal pho­to­graphs and sto­ries to the State Li­brary of WA.

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