Story by Kathryn Diss, aired on the ABC 7.30 Report 13 June 2014
She's affectionately known as Nana Purple. Hazel Winmar was the oldest Ballardong/Noongar woman and the inspiration for a major portrait exhibition in the WA Museum.
Nana Purple was one of sixteen Wheatbelt Elders immortalised on canvas as part of CAN WA's Bush Babies - Honouring Our Elders Portrait Exhibition.
Sadly, Nana Purple passed away not long after the exhibition opened in Perth. It was her family's wish that the image and story remain on display to celebrate her incredible life and legacy.
Bush Babies is part of CAN WA's Rekindling Stories on Country strategy, using arts and culture to capture and share stories between Elders and young people across the Noongar nation.
Bush Babies is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, Ministry for the Arts and Department of Culture and the Arts.
For more information head to canwa.com.au
Original source: abc.net.au/news/2014-06-13/was-oldest-known-living-noongar-elder-celebrates-a/5523610