Melbourne Women's Luncheon program 2011

 The Long Walk is pleased to present Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Fay Ball and The Sunshine Sisters at The Long Walk Women's Luncheon on Friday 14 October 2011.

 

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks 

 

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A born and bred Territorian, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks is an Arrente/Amatjere woman from Utopia. She was chosen to play the lead role in Charles and Elsa Chauvel’s 1955 film Jedda. This film was the first locally produced narrative feature film shot in colour, the first to star indigenous Australians and the first to go to the Cannes Film Festival. This thrust her to fame on the international stage but Rosalie demonstrated her early leadership potential by choosing to continue her education rather than perform in more films.

Rosalie became the first Aboriginal Anglican nun in 1960, and after 10 years she left the convent, married and began working as a liaison officer with the Victorian Department of Aboriginal Affairs. It was during this period she set up the first Aboriginal home for children in Victoria. The pursuit of these new roles, that were previously unknown to Aboriginal Australian women, presented their own sets of challenges for the young Indigenous woman from Utopia.

Returning to the Alice Springs region, Rosalie worked in Aboriginal Hostels, Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Commission, chaired the Batchelor Institute Council, and was a Director of Management Boards of Desert People’s Centre,

She is currently the President/Mayor of the Barkly Shire, Chairperson of the Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation, an Official Visitor to the Alice Springs Gaol, and Chair of the Atikirra Aboriginal Corporation. Rosalie also works as an interpreter with the Aboriginal Interpreter Service in Alice Springs. Rosalie recognises that education is a critical tool for the empowerment of Indigenous Australians and through her actions has been a terrific role model. Throughout her life Rosalie has remained passionately involved in traditional and contemporary Aboriginal issues including law and justice, education and childcare. By her ongoing commitment to country and community, Rosalie has made a remarkable contribution to implementing and bringing about positive changes that improve the overall lives of Indigenous Australians. Throughout her life Rosalie has continued to be active in social work and politics and as a campaigner for her people.

 

Fay Ball

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Fay is the Cultural Education Coordinator at the Koorie Heritage Trust and presents The Long Walk’s education program, Walk The Talk. Fay is a proud Wiradjuri woman of New South Wales. She has resided in Melbourne for many years and has created a respected niche within the Melbourne Aboriginal community. She has been a professional cultural interpreter for two and a half decades in both Victoria and NSW. The opportunities in Melbourne have allowed Fay to flourish in her interpretive skills from music and songwriting with the likes of Ross Wilson and becoming an established personality as a radio presenter with Victoria’s only Indigenous radio station 3KND. Her professionalism, her passion and her cultural & personal integrity are attributes she wishes to share.

 

Pauline Whyman

Mistress of Ceremonies

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Pauline Whyman a proud Yorta Yorta woman is a respected actor in Australian theatre and recently played ‘Skinny’ in the Beck Cole film Here I Am. Pauline is a two-time Victorian Indigenous Performing Arts Award winning actor. Her stage highlights include Stolen (Ilbijerri/Malthouse Theatre), Windmill Baby (Yirra Yaakin), Fever & Up The Ladder (Melbourne Workers Theatre), The Birthday Party (Melbourne Theatre Company) and The Cherry Pickers, Stolen & Blacked Up (Sydney Theatre Company). Her film credits include The Order (dir: Aden Young), The Ruins and Harry’s War (dir: Richard Frankland). Her TV credits include The Secret Life of Us and Whatever Happened to That Guy. In 2007, she wrote and directed an SBS-TV short film based on an event from her childhood called Back Seat.

 

The Sunshine Sisters

Emma Donovan, Deline Briscoe, Jessie Lloyd and Neda Rahmani

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The Sunshine Sisters are beautiful female Australian performers who have come together to entertain and enlighten audiences with fresh songs, sweet harmonies and infectious rhythms. They perform to celebrate the Australian Indigenous roots culture and bring to light the creative singer songwriter art form

 

The Long Walk’s Cultural Exchange partner in Victoria is the Koorie Heritage Trust.

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Seats donated for Indigenous women with limited funds will be distributed by our community partner the Family Violence Prevention Legal Service.

 

 

The Long Walk gratefully acknowledges the donation of auction items from the following supporters 

 

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Eureka Skydeck

 

 

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