Margaret was born at Mt Doreen where she lived with her family. She remembered her mother would carry her from place to place, living a traditional nomadic lifestyle. When she was young, Margaret’s family moved to Yuendumu. Margaret had three sisters who are also painters: Mary Brown, Margaret Brown and Jeanie Lewis. In the early 1980’s Margaret moved from Yuendumu to Nyirrpi with her husband, as part of the outstation movement. She had three children, Alistair, Maria and Lance.