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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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CRM and Keturah

Christobel with Keturah de Klerk, who gave her photos of malukuru (Sturts desert pea), Yvonne’s favourite flower, for use in the book Maralinga’s Long Shadow: Yvonne’s Story. Both are holding copies of the book.

See Maralinga’s Long Shadow: Yvonne’s Story.

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Maralinga's Long Shadow

Maralinga’s Long Shadow: Yvonne’s Story has at last been published, on 23 March 2016, which has proved to be very timely, with the findings of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission being released for discussion.  I have lodged submissions with both enquiries, the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and the South Australian Royal Commission, and have been told that this book and Maralinga the Anangu Story  have been quoted in other submissions.

No nuclear dump on Adnyamathanha landFour generations of Yvonne’s family have been affected by the British nuclear tests at Maralinga from 1953 to 1963, when Yvonne was growing up as a young displaced person on the lands of another ancient Aboriginal people.  There have been five deaths in her family from cancer through three generations, and two of her grandchildren in the fourth generation suffer from genetic defects.

Yvonne herself died aged 61, and this book, beautifully produced by Allen & Unwin, filled with many of Yvonne’s wonderful paintings, archival photos, and superb botanical and landscape photos, is her memorial.  Malukuru, Sturt desert pea, was Yvonne’s birth flower, and the photo on the cover and those within the book were kindly given by Keturah de Klerk.  Other striking photos were provided by Bill Dowling of The Friends of the Great Victoria Desert, and Pam Diment, former director of the Tjutjuna Arts and Culture Centre.  Pam also helped in locating paintings and other photos.  I am grateful to them and all the other people who helped in any way with material for this important book and have acknowledged them in the text.  Royalties for this book go to Yvonne’s family, who are donating $1000 to the Hospital Research fund.

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