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Sally Morgan - biography and her contributions

Sally Morgan is most well known as the author of her 1987 autobiography 'My Place'. This presentation will discuss Sally's life and achievements in addition to her contributions to Non–Indigenous and Indigenous society from a social and health perspective

Akiko Ota

on 23 January 2013

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Sally Morgan Sally was born in Perth in 1951, the eldest of five children. She was raised by her mother (Gladys) and grandmother (Daisy) after her father die.
She did well in English and Art class at school. My Place My Place - 1987 “How deprived we would have been if we had been willing to let things stay as they were. We would have survived but not as a whole people. We never would have known our own place.”
Sally Morgan In this Morgan talked about writing My Place partially as a way to offer greater understanding about Indigenous people and their experiences to the wider community. Because of the wide-spready success Morgan has had through her works she has become one voice, of many, that have been able to transcend certain cultural and language barriers that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous. This is of benefit to health care and social welfare as it improves our shared understanding of the cultural, social and economic issues that exist for Indigenous Australians. They are both members of the Stolen Generation.
The grandmother had six of her own children taken away and placed with white families. Dr Anne Brewster a 'Commonwealth Writers' Prize' judge discusses with Fran Strachan the impact of Sally Morgan's novel 'My Place', it's importance in providing a voice to other indigenous peoples and how indigenous writers help rewrite Australian history. Starts here... Finishes here...
This piece here is the cover art of ‘My Place’. The artwork represents the story of the artist's family and the importance of community life. The novel won the 1987 Australian Human Rights Award for Literature and other awards. It achieved best-seller status and has been published internationally giving incredible exposure to a non-traditional view of Australian history.
By 2004, this book become the senior high school syllables throughout Australia. "What was good about the success of the book was that it focused on human rights, on issues to do with indigenous people in Australia. If people could relate to the book and to the ordinary people in it, it marked the issues to do with Aboriginal people, human issues, in a human-rights context, especially in terms of what happened with Aboriginal people be longing to the Stolen Generation. A lot of Australians did not have a knowledge about what had happened and were very shocked to find out the extent to which Aboriginal families had been separated....
It also helped lots of other Aboriginal people to find the courage to really know about their family. I have letters from Aboriginal people who read the book and say: "OK, now I'm going to try and trace my family, I didn't have the courage to do it before." So it has helped people to get back in touch with their extended families."

Sally Morgan Morgan is now a highly regarded visual artist whose artwork has been exhibited frequently in private and public galleries both nationally and internationally. She is known for her distinctive use of flat bright colours and bold black and white prints that represent Aboriginal experience and social concerns.

Much like her written works, Morgan draws from her heritage to express her feelings for the land, it’s people and her personal experiences as an Aboriginal woman. It is very focused on the telling of a story. 'Aboriginal Lands' 'Citizenship' - 1988 In 1993, the print ‘Outback ‘ – which sadly I could not find a picture of - was selected as one of thirty pieces of art used as part of celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Heritage ” – 1990 Print Photo (foreground) of Daisy Corunna - Sally's grandmother - was removed from her Aboriginal family and placed into domestic service. This shows working as a nanny to the Drake-Brockman children on the family’s north-west pastoral station in the early 1920s. “I would like to encourage Indigenous people to tell their stories, whether its through writing or painting or dance, music or theatre. Our stories are important, the more stories the better. We can all learn from each other, and it helps to build the bigger picture.”
Sally Morgan
Arts Law Centre of Australia in 2004 Thank-you for Listening! indigenous australian artist and author "Earth As Mother" Presenter: Akiko As a child she found school difficult because of questions from other students about her appearance and family background.
Her mother told her that she was of Indian descent and her mother did not tell much about her families.

When Sally was fifteen she learned that she was in fact of Aboriginal descent, from the Palku people of the Pilbara Sally completed a bachelor of art at University of WA and having three children.

Then finally her mother tell the truth about family and the fact that they have hidden about Aboriginal ancestry to protect children from being removed. During her research about her family background Morgan learned that she belonged to the Palku and Nyaml peoples of the Pilbara in Western Australia. It was also on this journey that Morgan met an uncle who happened to be a respected community artist.
As a result of this meeting Morgan for the first time publicly exhibited her art - placing some paintings in the Biruk Marri Gallery in Fremantle, Western Australia. Art career
In 1987, Sally decided to travel to Pilbara to trace her family and learn about family history.

She recalled
"it was fantastic for us because all of a sudden we had a context, we had a big family, we weren't just this small isolated family in the non-Aboriginal community" continued, ‘we were part of this huge family and that really gave us a sense of belonging, that was very important.’
(ACB education schools 2000, p.1) Biography Artist Author Related health issue (Morgan, 1987; Muecke, 2004; Reconcili action network, 2012 ) (Aboriginal Art Online, 2001; Morgan, 1987; Muecke, 2004; Reconcili action network, 2012 ) Yes,
because there are still communities exist who believe removal children was ‘right thing’ and Indigenous society has been benefitted from colonisation.
Do you agree?
Maybe due to different values of life….. Indigenous people telling the history from their point of view is important? (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011; Coyne, Neill Reconcili action network, 2012) Resulting in general poor health
Higher risk factors like smoking,illicit substance abuse
Higher rate of crime, shorter life expectancy

Many stolen generations were removed before a mother hold a child for a first time
Lack of ‘mother -child bonding’ (esp first 2 yrs of life) ↑ higher stress hormone->
damage cognitive memory level & pre disposing to stress related mental illness throughout their lives.
Institutionalized children had often received physical, sexual and psychological abuse. Health Statistics of removed population
Aboriginal Art Online, 2001, Sally Morgan - Aboriginal Artist and Writer, Aboriginal Art Online Pty Ltd viewed 10 Janyary 2013, <http://www.aboriginalartonline.com/art/sally-morgan.php>. 
Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011, The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Removal from Natural Family, Australian Bureau of Statistics, viewed 15 January 2013, <http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/lookup/4704.0Chapter470Oct+2010>.
Coyne, I, Neill, F & Timmins, F. 2010, Clinical Skills in Children’s nursing, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Morgan, S, 1987, My place, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Muecke, S, 2004, Aboriginal Austraians First nations of an ancient continent, Thames and Hudson, London.
Prendergast, A, 2012, Sally Morgan - Artist, Author, Humanitatrian, Prenzi ink, viewed 10 of January 2013, <http://prezi.com/aff0_udjo8ai/sally-morgan-artist-author-humanitatrian/>.
Reconcili action network, 2012, Stolen Generations Fact Sheet, ReconciliACTION organisation, viewed 15 January 2013, < http://reconciliaction.org.au/nsw/education-kit/stolen-generations/>. References Contribution Gladys Milroy, Sally's mother, was born in Perth in 1927 and grew up at the Parkerville Children’s Home. Her grandmother and mother She wrote her biography, 'My place' tells of Sally’s subsequent journey of self-discovery.
‘My Place’ was published in 1987 yet remains a pivotal novel not only because it is one of the earlier works in Indigenous writing but because it discusses a part of Australian history from a non-white view. Self discovery Australian History (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011) A future concern….
Large generation become unable to speak indigenous language -> ↑disconnection to indigenous society and multi-generational psychological distress can be passed onto…….
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