CITIC Pacific Mining would like to acknowledge and pay our respect and condolences to the family and friends of Mrs D. Wally, a significant and respected Mardudhunera/Kuruma elder and senior knowledge holder, who passed away on 24 June 2022 in Karratha.

Born in 1936 on Mardie Station under a Budjalla tree, Mrs Wally was one of six children, growing up travelling up and down the river systems around the mouth of Fortescue River, Robe River, Yanarie and 40 Mile (Gnoorea Point). In her teenage years, she played on the beach, down at the creek and amongst the sand hills. She spent her life working alongside her husband and family at several stations across the Pilbara including Millstream, Yathalla, Cooya-Pooyah, and Karratha Station.

Mrs Wally was an integral part of the Sino Iron project before 2007, working closely with the Heritage and Indigenous Affairs team. She always remained close to her culture, ceremony, and lore, sharing her knowledge of Mardudhunera, Kuruma, Burdunah, and Thalanji language, stories and wisdom with her children, grandchildren and extended family.

We remember and pay our respects to a strong, intelligent woman, whose ongoing commitment to her people was valued.

To the Wally family members and others closely related who work at Sino Iron we extend our heartfelt condolences.

Rest in Peace Mrs Wally.