Ivarrityi

People of Adelaide


Posted on 01 Sep 2019

Iparrityi photo for al online ivaritji acknowledgement aa124 5 4 south australian museum

Ivarrityi was born in the 1840s in Port Adelaide to Tangkaira (Charlotte) and Ityamaiitpinna (‘King Rodney’). Her Kaurna name means a gentle, misty rain. Married twice, she was also known as Amelia Taylor and Amelia Savage, Princess Amelia, and Tuku Ngangki which translates as mother to many.

A fluent Kaurna speaker, she was a principal female Kaurna informant, sharing her knowledge about Kaurna culture and language including placenames and important sites throughout Adelaide. Ivarrityi died in 1929 and is referred to as ‘the last woman of the Adelaide Tribe’.

In 2003 Whitmore Square was renamed Whitmore Square/Ivarrityi to honour this Kaurna woman, and to recognise its significance as a meeting place for Aboriginal peoples, particularly in the 1930s-1940s. The square is also named after William Wolryche Whitmore (1787–1858) who brought the South Australia Act 1834 before the House of Commons of the United Kingdom on behalf of the South Australian Association.

Celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

Image: South Australian Museum, AA124_5_4