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Theresa Walley


walleyAboriginal Elder of the Year 2007 Theresa Walley, (nee Winmar) was born in Kellerberrin on 6 ovember 1937. She was one of nine children born to Mary Theresa Indich and Louis Winmar.
At the tender age of seven, she and several other family embers were placed in the care of the Carrolup Mission. Mary and her hildren absconded and Theresa ended up in St Joseph’s rphanage at New Norcia. Here she received a very restricted upbringing so was totally unprepared for life when she was sent outside the doors of the Orphanage at age sixteen with a suitcase. She found a job as a domestic at the Quairading Hospital.
Eventually she met and married Leslie Robert Walley. The hildren to this marriage are Trevor, Robert, Doreen, Cheryl Ann, Rosemary, Charmaine and John Christopher (deceased).
Now a great grandmother, Theresa’s life has been one of survival, bringing up children, working and constantly researching the background of her culture. Rather than retire, now with the duties of ‘Elder’ she is constantly on call and in great demand.
Her love of her fellow Indigenous people, especially the young, is very evident in the many projects in which she is involved, including tourism where she uest speaks, does educational bush walks and demonstrates the values of bush-tucker.

 

 


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