Congratulations to Norma King, for being awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) at last Saturday’s Australia Day awards. The recognition is for her work as a Historian focusing on the Western Australian Goldfields. Nonagenarian author Norma now lives in South Fremantle, but was born in Kalgoorlie in 1922. Her first book, Nickel Country-Gold Country was written in 1972 after 7 of her 9 children had left home. Since then she has published six more and written many journals, as well as helping students, researchers and filmmakers.
I still recall attending the launch of her auto-biography, Then They Called Me Norma, at the Atwell Gallery, where Norma also indulged her other passion, painting. Norma is a Life member of the WA Section, Fellowship of Australian Writers; the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society; and the Golden Mile Art Group, and recognises the importance of understanding our history and where we came from in defining us as a people and what our future holds.