Angus Wallam

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Angus Wallam
Born 1926
Died October 2014
Nationality Noongar Australian

Angus Wallam (1926 – October 2014)[1] was a Noongar Aboriginal Elder from Wagin, Western Australia. He was a respected elder there. He received the Wagin Australia Day Citizenship Award for his work with Indigenous youth and community. He grew up at Marribank Mission (also known as Carrolup). He worked for farmers and contractors, built roads, and worked on the railway for 22 years. He has nine children and around 40 grandchildren.[2]

Published works

  • 2004: Corroboree — autobiography of Wallam's childhood (written in collaboration with Suzanne Kelly; illustrated by Norma MacDonald; published by UWA Press)[3]
    It’s springtime - Wirrin's favourite time of the year. As he sets about enjoying hunting with his father, collecting ochre with his grandfather, digging for sweet potato with his mother and gathering wattle seed with his grandmother, people are coming from far and wide for the big corroboree at which Wirrin will see all his cousins and dance the night away.

The book was a joint prize winner of the 1999 Marrwarning Award for Published and Unpublished books by Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders.

More of his memories and stories can be found in the publication Sort of a Place Like Home: Remembering the Moore River Native Settlement by Susan Maushart.[4] and The Wailing: A National Black Oral History, Stuart Rintoul published by W. Heinemann Australia, 1 Jan.,1993.[5] and in a video interview with Robyn Smith Wally available on Vimeo.[6]

Drawings and artwork done by children at the Carrolup Mission during the 1930s, including artworks by Angus Wallam, were displayed in an exhibition at Curtin University called Curtin University called Heart Coming Home, or Koolark Koort Koorliny in August 2013. In May 2013 Angus Wallam and Ezzard Flowers, another Indigenous leader, signed an MOU with the owner of the artworks, Colgate, and Curtin University to house the artworks permanently at Curtin University on condition that they be made available for viewing by Nyungar and other Indigenous students there.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Death notice". The West Australian. 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ Quinton, Sarah (26 January 2010). "Elder's heart is in bush and land". The West Australian.
  3. ^ "Austlit Authors".
  4. ^ Sort of a place like Home, Susan Maushart, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1993 (Google Books)
  5. ^ The Wailing: A National Black Oral History, Stuart Rintoul published by W. Heinemann Australia, 1 Jan.,1993
  6. ^ Angus Wallam talks to Robyn Wally
  7. ^ Stolen Generations' homecoming Victoria Laurie, The Australian, August 01, 2013.
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