Sally Morgan (artist)

Sally Morgan (artist)

Sally Jane Morgan (née Milroy), born 18 January, 1951 is an Australian Aboriginal author, scriptwriter and artist. Morgan's works are on display in numerous private and public collections in both Australia and around the world.

Early life

She was born in Perth, Western Australia and was the eldest of five children. As a child, Morgan became aware that she differed from other children at her school, because of her non-white physical appearance, and was frequently questioned by other students about her family background. She understood from her mother that her ancestors were from India. However, when Morgan was 15, she learnt that she and her sister were in fact of Aboriginal descent, from the Palku (or Bailgu) people of the Pilbara.

After leaving school, Morgan commenced university. In 1972, she married Paul Morgan, a fellow student, and over the next decade she finished her studies and had five children.


The story of her discovery of her family's past is told in the 1987 multiple biography "My Place", which sold over half a million copies in Australia. It has also been published in Europe, Asia and the United States. Her second book, "Wanamurraganya", was published in 1989, which is the biography of her grandfather, Jack McPhee. Throughout her life, she has also written five other books for her children.

Morgan is the Director (a professor) at the "Centre for Indigenous History and the Arts", in the "School of Indigenous Studies", at the University of Western Australia. She has received many awards: "My Place" won the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission humanitarian award in 1987, the Western Australia Week literary award for non-fiction in 1988, and the 1990 Order of Australia Book Prize. In 1993, international art historians selected Morgan's print "Outback", as one of 30 paintings and sculptures for reproduction on a stamp, celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


* 1987 - Human Rights Literature and Other Writing Award for "My Place"cite web|title= 1989 Human Rights Medal and Awards |publisher= Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission |url= |accessedate= 2007-08-11]
* 1989 - Human Rights Literature and Other Writing Award for "Wanamurraganya, the story of Jack McPhee"cite web|title= 1989 Human Rights Medal and Awards |publisher= Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission |url= |accessedate= 2007-08-11]



* My Place (Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press. 1999 - first published 1987) ISBN 1863682783
* "Wanamurraganya, the story of Jack McPhee" (Narkaling Productions, 1990)
* "Mother and daughter: The story of Daisy and Glady's Corunna" (Narkaling Productions, 1994) Edited by Barbara Ker Wilson
* "Arthur Corunna's story" (Narkaling Productions, 1995) edited by Barbara Ker Wilson

Childrens Books

* "Little piggies" (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1991) with Paul Morgan
* "The flying emu and other Australian stories" (Viking, 1992)
* "Hurry up, Oscar!" (Puffin Books, 1993) illustrated by Bettina Guthridge
* "Pet problem" (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1994)
* "Dan's grandpa" (Sandcastle, 1996) illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
* "Weather" (Allen & Unwin, 1996) consulting editor David Ellyard
* "In your dreams" (Sandcastle Books, 1997) illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
* "Just a little brown dog" (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1997) illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
* "Life in - a clearing in the forest" (Belitha, 2000)
* "Life in- a pond in a meadow" (Belitha, 2000)
* "Wildlife in danger" (Franklin Watts, 2005) edited by Clare Oliver
* "Waste disposal" (Franklin Watts, 2005)
* "Water for all" (Franklin Watts, 2005)


* "Cruel wild woman" and David Milroy (Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, 1999) performed in the 1999 Festival of Perth season.


* "Gnyung Waart Kooling Kulark" (released as "Going Home") (Centre for Indigenous History & the Arts, School of Idigenous Studies, University of Western Australia, 2003) co-edited with Jill Milroy and Tjalaminu Mia.
* "Echoes of the past : Sister Kate's home revisited" (Centre for Indigenous History and the Arts 2002) with Tjalaminu Mia, photography by Victor France



* [ HREOC Human Rights Medal and Awards] (Retrieved 11 August 2007)

External links

* [ Australian Broadcasting Corporation, "SALLY MORGAN (1951 - )" ] (Biography, including anecdotes and quotations. Access date: May 28, 2007.)

NAME=Morgan, Sally
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Indigenous Australian artist and writer
DATE OF BIRTH=18 January, 1951
PLACE OF BIRTH=Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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