Indigenous artist

Dr. Bernie Singleton

Bernie Singleton has had a career in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander affairs spanning fifty years and was an archaeological Relics Ranger before working in QLD Health to then become Chairman of Apunipima Cape York Health Council for 13 years. Bernie grew up in Yarrabah. An Umpila and Yirrganydji Elder, Dr.Bernie has now begun storytelling through visual arts with his works on canvas. His paternal grandfather was a Yirrganydji man whose country runs from Cairns to Port Douglas. His paternal grandmother was an Umpila woman whose land is a part of the KULLA Land Trust and runs into the Lockhart River Land Trust. His maternal grandfather was a Blindal man (Townsville) of the Birri Gubba tribe while his maternal grandmother was a Woppaburra woman from Great Keppel Island. Bernie also has family connections all over Queensland.

Indigenous language groups

Umpila, Yirrganydji