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Noel ‘Kyar’ Morrison

noelNoel Morrison was born on 4th February 1944 at the Carrolup Mission, now known as Marribank, located in the Shire of Katanning. Kyar is Noel’s tribal name passed on from his great- grandfather.
He was the eighth child of Dorothy Phillips. His father was Samuel Morrison from Katanning and in total, Noel had nine brothers and ten sisters and two others from his mother’s previous marriage, so was never without company.
Shortly after being born, Noel was taken to live at Moojebing. His childhood spent constantly on the move as his father searched for work. Most of this place around the Katanning area. He grew up with a strong traditional Aboriginal culture, mainly taught by his father.
He met and married Elisabeth Joyce Ryder (1946-2003). They had fi ve children, Derek, Douglas (deceased) and Prassic.
Noel’s life has been one of balancing cultures, keeping alive his Aboriginality traditional Australian way of life. He has been a farmhand, builders’ labourer Government projects.
With the duties of ‘Elder’ Noel is constantly on call and in great demand as and advisor and regularly teaches at TAFE.
Noel is now concentrating on his painting and documenting his stories.



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