Eddie ‘Kookaburra’ Kneebone 

An educator who inspired through his art.

1947-2005

Bangerang man, artist and educator, Eddie ‘Kookaburra’ Kneebone, was born in Melbourne at the Royal Women’s Hospital in 1947. He was the eldest of fourteen children, having eight sisters and five brothers. Eddie worked in many different occupations as a young man, mostly in rural locations, before finding satisfying work as a park ranger in Victoria. In the 1990s he developed and produced cultural awareness programs for both the private and public sectors through teaching and artwork. Eddie taught himself to paint by observing others. He mastered many different styles of art including the traditional dot style, a contemporary brush style, pen and ink figures, and a whimsical pencil and pen style. His works of art now hang in public and private institutions all over the world, including in Parliament House and Government House in Melbourne, as well as in Tokyo, Canada, England and Ireland. Continuing Eddie’s work in art and education, the Eddie 'Kookaburra' Kneebone Gallery was officially opened in Wodonga in 2009. In naming the gallery, art students chose to celebrate and recognise the great energy Eddie 'Kookaburra' Kneebone put into encouraging Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of all ages to develop their artistic talents.