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Sally Morgan was born in the Perth suburb of Manning in 1951 Despite her disinterest in school 1 and the lack of appreciation of her artistic talents she completed secondary school and went on to the University of Western Australia She gained a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and completed post-graduate diplomas in Counselling and Computing and Library Studies While at the University she married Paul Morgan and had three children Prompted by the discovery of her Aboriginality she began writing her life story and the life stories of her uncle Arthur Corunna her mother Gladys Corunna and her grandmother Daisy Corunna stories which were published as My Place in 1987 The book was reprinted three times that year and the mass paperback edition four times in 1988 and 1989 Morgan has also published numerous childrens stories an illustrated version of My Place another novel Wanamurraganya The Story of Jack McPhee and a number of plays Despite her success Morgan has become disillusioned with writing and has turned instead to art Her paintings hang in the National Gallery of Australia the Robert Holmes a Court Collection and many other public and private collections Her art has also been exhibited in many countries including the United States Sally Morgan has received many awards including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission Award for Literature in 1987 and the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award for Arts Literature and Culture in 1989 Her work is featured on the cover of the edition being used for the South Dakota Reading Series The publisher offers this explanation of the painting The white house in the lower lefthand side of the cover illustration of My Place represents Corunna Downs Station Ranch where Sallys grandmother Daisy Corunna lived Following the arrows you see the boat The Mindaroo which was used to take Gladys Daisys half caste daughter away to Parkerville Childrens Home the next building in the painting
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