Martha Unganpari Edwards Martha Unganpari Edwards i(A129150 works by)
Born: Established: ca. 1930 Tarcoola, Far North South Australia, South Australia, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Antakirinya / Antikirinya / Antakarinja people
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Martha Unganpari Edwards and her family moved to the siding of Wynbring, South Australia, about the same time as Daisy Bates (q.v.). Edwards was born of an Aboriginal mother of the Antikirinya language group and a white father and thus was defined by Daisy Bates as a 'watjala kid'. Her children's fiction, 'Daisy Bates and the Watjala Kids', published in 2009, describes being a 'watjala kid' and her encounters with Daisy Bates.

After experiencing the atomic bomb testing at Maralinga, South Australia, Edwards and her family joined the settlement of Yalata, South Australia.

Later in life she practised traditional Aboriginal women's culture and protection of country with the Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta, the senior Aboriginal women of Coober Pedy, South Australia, and was part of the successful national campaign against a proposed national radioactive dump in the region. Martha Unganpari Edwards retired to Yalata.

Source: Martha Unganpari Edwards, Daisy Bates and the Watjala Kids (2009)

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