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Chambers, Doris

Alternative Names
  • White, Doris (maiden name)


Doris Chambers grew up on Noonameera which was an isolated cattle station and stores arrived via camel teams every six months. She moved with her family to Wannaminta which was owned by the Morden Pastoral Company and covered a million and a quarter acres. Chambers boarded at Woodlands school for three years from 1927. She married Jim Chambers in 1943 whose family dated back to 1836 when James Chambers jumped ship from the Coromandel. Her mother Myrtle White, who was born in 1888 in a tent on Acacia station, wrote several books about the outback and her friends included Dame Mary Gilmore and Miles Franklin. Doris and Jim stayed on at Wannaminta for 25 years, Jim having won the property in a ballot of land leases. Doris was responsible for publishing and sorting all the unpublished writings of her mother.

Sources used to compile this entry:,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=dchambers+doris&1,1, accessed 2004-04-250.

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Archival resources

State Library of South Australia

  • Interview with Doris Chambers [sound recording] Interviewer: Roxy Byrne, 26 October 1987, SRG 438/29/35; Adelaide Lyceum Club Oral History; Chambers, Doris; State Library of South Australia. Details

Anne Heywood and Robin Secomb

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