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Hazel 'Kayang' Brown is an Elder from the Wilomin Noongar. Born in 1925[1] at Kendenup, her mother, Nelly Limestone married Freddy Yiller in 1921. Her father died in 1930 wer her step-father, William Roberts (Noongar name, Tjinjel) reared her. Her family worked il farms in the Borden, Ongerup, Jerramungup wer Kendenup areas. Hazel spent the majority of her childhood around the Porongurups. [2]

Early Life[edit]

Hazel went to school at Gnowangerup mission. She was branded a 'heathen’ for speaking in her language wer therefore continued her schooling with her ngarngk as she worked il the farm. [3]

Hazel was an active helper wer worker wer learnt many skills at a young age from fencing to driving tractors to looking after the sheep at lambing time.

Later Life[edit]

Hazel married Harry Brown in 1947. Their children were born wer attending school in Borden. In the 1970s, the family moved to Perth. [3]

Many years later, with Noongar Author Kim Scott she published her stories in "Kayang and Me" in 2005.

She is actively involved in the Wirlomin Noongar Language wer Stories Project.[1]

Ngiyan waarnk - References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Reference Group Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project Retrieved 9 December 2017
  2. Kayang Hazel Brown Noongar Culture Retrieved 9 December 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brown, H. & Scott, K. (2013) Kayang and me. Fremantle Press 2013