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Title Australian Biography Series 11 : May O'Brien
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 27 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Educator, Writer. Born Western Australia. 1933. Born into the traditional life of the Wongatha people of Western Australia and educated on the remote Mount Margaret mission, Aboriginal author and educator May O'Brien has profoundly influenced Indigenous education. May became the first female Aboriginal teacher in Western Australia, fulfilling her dream and returning to the mission to teach. As an educator for over 25 years, May fought for Aboriginal rights and helped create opportunities for her people, bridging the gap between cultures. She helped establish Aboriginal committees on education around Western Australia and worked on the first report into Aboriginal education. In 1984 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study programs on indigenous issues in the USA, Canada and Great Britain and went on to hold senior positions in the Department of Education. Since retiring, May has been writing children's books which include Aboriginal language. As an ambassador for numeracy and literacy, she remains involved in a wide range of community activities. In this interview May discusses growing up in a bush camp, early years on a remote mission, her lifelong fight to get better education for Aboriginal children and more Aboriginal teachers, working in a male-dominated system and the joy of writing books which include her own language. A Film Australia National Interest Program. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2008
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject O'Brien, May, 1932-
O'Brien, May -- Biography -- Interviews
Educators -- Women -- Australia -- Biography -- Interviews
Authors -- Women -- Australia -- Biography -- Interviews
Aboriginal Australians -- Women -- Biography -- Interviews
Genre/Form Interviews.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Freedman, Rod, director, Producer
Hughes, Robin, Writer
O'Brien, May, 1932- Featureditor
Kanopy (Firm)