Yurleen Dorothy Winmar, Indigenous Community Stories

I am sad to announce the following message was received by the City this morning:

Sadly I advise that Mrs Yurleen Dorothy Winmar, local Elder and native title holder, died on Sunday 17 November.

Dorothy was the winner of the 2011 NAIDOC female elder award.  Her focus was on her cultural heritage and connection to Perth and Derbarl Yerrigan as a proud Wadjuk Nyoongar.  Over 15 years she conducted numerous guided cultural heritage tours and had extensive experience in developing cultural awareness training packages.  She worked with the Prisons Visitors Scheme for 30 years, and was a lifetime member of the Derbarl Yerrigan Aboriginal Health Service, she was a qualified health worker and was the founder of the Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Group (excerpt from NAIDOC Award Profile).

The City in conjunction with the WA Film and Television Institute was recently able to capture some of Dorothy’s stories in an oral history filming project, and this is available in the City’s libraries for viewing.


The South Perth & Manning Libraries each have a copy of the DVD recording of Dorothy’s stories available for loan, they can be found in the “BIO” section in the Adult Non-fiction area of the DVD collections at both libraries. Please ask staff for assistance locating or reserving a copy.

The oral history project was recorded last year as part of the WA Film and Television Institute’s Indigenous Community Stories initiative to record Western Australia’s Indigenous heritage, cultural and historical stories.

The initiative aims to record 100 Indigenous oral histories, so they can be viewed by future generations as well as creating invaluable records of Australia’s national cultural identity.


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