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Our Mob, God’s Story won the 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year award. Three print runs of the book have sold out, with copies going to many countries. The book will shortly go into its fourth printing.

 

Judges’ comments:  Sixty-six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from the city and the bush tell the story of the wonderful things God has done for their people. They paint in a dazzling variety of styles and write with uncommon wisdom and generosity. These artists share their vision of Jesus in order to bring us together as brothers and sisters. This inspiring book demonstrates what the recent census recorded: that Christian faith is more evident and alive in indigenous communities than in the dominant settler society. It is time for quiet appreciation and deep listening. Beautiful, confident and irresistible.

To view the award presentation, go to https://youtu.be/Z6QjzSR5lV8

Judges’ comments and award presentation on youtube courtesy of sparklit.org

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Maralinga’s Long Shadow: Yvonne’s Story won the 2017 NSW Premier’s History Award – Young People’s History Prize. In 2016, it was short-listed for the Australian Christian Book of the Year.

Judges’ comments for the Australian Christian Book of the Year short-list:  This lavishly illustrated biography records the lasting costs of nuclear tests in Central Australia to an Aboriginal community. Displaced from their country, Yvonne Edwards and her people were moved from the soft sands of the desert to the hard stones of a strange land. Her firstborn was taken away and her life was dogged by tragedy. Christobel Mattingley tells the story of her friend Yvonne and how her warm Christian faith delivered her from bitterness and enabled her to inspire her community to maintain both their connection to the land through painting and to pursue justice and compensation for the effects of radioactive contamination of their country. A gem.

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omgs-coverThe long-awaited Our Mob, God’s Story is scheduled for publication in March 2017. It can be pre-ordered at this link: https://www.bibleshop.org.au/ourmob.html

Our Mob, God’s Story is an art book with a difference, with more than 115 works in an exciting variety of styles and stories by over 65 established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. They share their faith in paintings inspired by Bible verses and stories, from Creation to the Crucifixion. With a foreword by distinguished Aboriginal artist and educator Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann, Our Mob, God’s Story is an important contribution to Australian art.

This publication has been funded by a generous donor and all proceeds will go towards publication of Scripture in mother tongues of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups. Celebrating the bicentenary of Bible Society in Australia, it is a powerful and beautiful witness to God’s love for the traditional custodians of this ancient continent which we now call Australia, and to the talent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

 

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CRM D LittThank you, Chancellor and Council, for this great honour which the University has conferred upon me.  I am deeply grateful to the University for what it has brought to my life.

I also wish to acknowledge that we are meeting on the lands of  the Moo-he-ne-nah  (Mouheneenner) People and pay my respects.

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UTas Distinguished Alumni Award

UTas Distinguished Alumni Award

I entered the university in March 1948 aged 16 years and 4 months on the Sir Richard Dry Exhibition and within a week the University had set me on one of my main courses for life.  On the Ides of March at the Glebe Theatre Players I met the student who was to become my husband, ex-serviceman David Mattingley.  We have now received our letter from the Queen and between us our association with UTAS spans 135 years!  We know that at least one of you here tonight has an equally long association.  Peter Saunders danced at our wedding!

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2014 - Seen but Not Heard

2014 – Seen but Not Heard

Lilian Medland’s Birds – Seen but Not Heard

Thank you, Alan, for your kind words and for the invitation to talk about my latest book, Seen but Not Heard: Lilian Medland’s Birds, my 52nd book.  It is indeed an honour to be asked to speak to this conference and a great pleasure to be among professional colleagues again.  I began my career in librarianship in 1951 in the Dept of Immigration in Canberra, then studied for a year on a scholarship of 4 pounds a week at the Library Training School at the Public Library of Victoria before serving as Regional Librarian in the Latrobe Valley of Victoria with its 4 libraries at Yallourn, Morwell, and outlying communities Boolarra and Mirboo North.  A stint at the Brixton Public Library in London did not last, as the shifts were 12 hours long!  After returning to Australia I was asked to set up a secondary school library, then one in a primary school – the first professional librarian to do so in South Australia.  I was proactive in establishing the public library in Burnside, South Australia, and ensuring that a professional librarian was appointed in charge, and I served for many years on the Library Committee.  Three children later, I joined the staff as Reader Services Librarian at Wattle Park Teachers College under Principal Colin Thiele, and was involved in the massive move of books to the new campus of the Murray Park CAE, now part of the University of South Australia.  Books of course were the order of the day in all those libraries.

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