Janine Freeman MLALabor Member for Mirrabooka

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Tuesday 09 Sep 2014

"I want to make sure my grandmother's stories are not lost with me. It is important that future generations of Australians know the history of Wadjuk and Noongar people to keep our culture alive".
- Doolan-Leisha Eatts


If you live in Perth, you have most likely been Welcomed to Country by Doolan Liesha Eatts and her husband Walter.

Doolann-Leisha is a Woman Elder of the Whadjuk Nation. Walter is an Aboriginal Elder - his mother is from the Jaru People of Halls Creek, and his father is from the Kojonup, Bussleton Area. Walter has been accepted by the Nyungah People. 

Walter and Doolann-Leisha have each written a book of their stories, and are now raising funds to get them published.

Doolan-Leisha has written down the stories of her grandmother, who lived in the area now known as Kings Park, from the late 1800s to early 1900s. It is important that future generations of Australians know the history of Wadjuk and Nyungah people, and Doolann-Leisha wants to make sure her grandmother's stories are preserved for history.

Walter has written the story of his search to belong. Raised mainly in a non-Aboriginal environment, he was drawn towards his Aboriginal heritage, yet unsure how to fit into Aboriginal Society.

Walter's book shows the personal impact of government policies, which separated Aboriginal People from their land, but also from mainstream society - denying Aboriginal children their biological parents on their home lands.

You can find out how to support the Eatts' project at pozible.com/eattsbooks