Writers

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Doreen Kartinyeri

Doreen Kartinyeri, a Ngarrindjeri woman, (1935-2007) was born at the Point McLeay Aboriginal Mission Station. After her mother died she was sent to a Salvation Army Home in suburban Adelaide, from which she was expelled in 1949. Doreen was then sent to work as a domestic servant by the Aboriginal Protection Board. She returned to Point McLeay in 1950 to care for her grandmother and cousins. After she married Terry Wanganeen in 1954, Doreen and Terry lived on the Point Pearce Aboriginal Station on the Yorke Peninsula and Doreen began collecting the histories of Aboriginal families of both Point McLeay and Pearce. She worked as a genealogist at the University of Adelaide fromf 1979 and from 1983 began publishing genealogies of Aboriginal families. Ngarrinderi Nation (2006) was the final genealogic book published by Doreen Kartinyeri. It contains a genealogy of the Aboriginal families descended from the Ngarrinderi people of South Australia. Her memoir, My Ngarrindjeri Calling, was published in 2008.