Explore: Ballardong Cultural Walk 4: The Native Reserve
Learn about life on the York Reserve. Listen to the experiences of Noongar elders who lived on the reserve until it was closed in 1973. Conducted by Dr Marion Kickett and other family members.
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About Dr Marion Kickett
Dr Marion Kickett is a Noongar woman from the Ballardong language group. Born in the wheatbelt town of York, Marion spent her early years living on the York Reserve. She completed Year 10 at York District High School and enrolled in Nurses training at Narrogin Regional Hospital. After the death of her father, she came home to York and worked locally at both Northam and York Hospitals. She left York to further her education, completing two bachelor’s degrees, one with Honours. Marion completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia on “Resilience” from an Aboriginal perspective, using an Aboriginal methodology. Marion strongly believes education is the key to a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s and the way forward for all Australians is education.