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George was born circa 1945 near the site of Lararra, east of the Tjuukurla in Western Australia. George shares the same father as Yala Yala Gibbs and WillyTjungarrayi. George first made contact with Europeans via welfare patrol lead by Jeremy Long and Nosepeg Tjupurrula at a rockhole site south of Kiirrkura. After moving to Papunya, he worked out as a fencer and a butcher in the Papunya kitchen. George Ward Tjungurrayi is a winner of the prestigious Wynne Landscape prize for 2004.