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“Waanyi Away” 2nd edition by Jeannie Little

Jeannie Little’s memoir, “Waanyi Away”, was so popular with readers, friends and work colleagues that they persuaded Jeannie to produce a second edition. The new book includes further information about her life while studying to be a nurse in Brisbane, her time in Napranum where she met her husband, Ian Little, stories about their wedding, and information about Jeannie’s totem, the dingo.

The new book also includes tributes to Jeannie and her work by two influential people. Emeritus Professor Ian Webster from the University of New South Wales and David Templeman, CEO of the Australian Council of Deans of Education, worked with Jeannie on projects to tackle alcohol problems among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Jeannie’s work took her all over Australia and to overseas conferences where she shared her knowledge and expertise.

Jeannie is an Aboriginal woman who grew up in Mapoon, an Aboriginal mission on the western side of Cape York in far north Queensland. After living on Thursday Island as a teenager, Jeannie moved to Brisbane to study nursing, and this was the impetus for her lifelong work to improve the health and wellbeing of her people. Jeannie’s family comes from Waanyi country on the border of the Northern Territory and Queensland.

You can buy Jeannie’s book from the Shop.

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