• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0952

Reinpuu, Ene-Mai

(1932 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1932, Estonia
  • Occupation Community worker


Ene-Mai Reinpuu left Estonia with her parents as refugees fleeing the threat of Soviet invasion, arriving in South Australia in 1949. Ene-Mai married Villi Reinpuu, also from Estonia and they had two children.

Reinpuu has had a life long involvement in ethnic community and multicultural organisations. She has served as secretary (1967-1986) and president (1987 – ) of the Estonia Society of Adelaide. She was honorary secretary of the Council of Estonian Societies in Australia 1976-1978, 1985-1987 and 1994-1996. Reinpuu was chosen as an Australian representative at the “Kongress of Estonia” held in Estonia in 1990. She has been vice-chairperson of the Estonian Cultural Festival of Australia and a member of the organising committee since 1958. She served as a member of the Council of Baltic Women (affiliated with National Council of Women), was the Estonian community representative on Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia, and founding member of the Friends of the Estonian Museum.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • State Library of South Australia
    • Interview with Ene-Mai Reinpuu [sound recording] Interviewer: Helen Chryssides
    • Launch of the second stage of The Honoured Women Oral History Project [sound recording]
    • Storytelling by Ene-Mai Reinpuu [sound recording] Recordist: Aliki Tziavrangos

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  • Related Concepts
    • Estonia Born Community of Australia