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Title May O'Brien / directed and produced by Rod Freedman
Published Acton, Australian Capital Territory : National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (26 min.)
Series Australasian video online
Australian biography
Summary Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should be aware that this content may contain images or names of people who have since passed away. 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
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 17, 2014)
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers should be aware that this content may contain images or names of people who have since passed away
Previously released as DVD
In English
Subject O'Brien, May L. -- Interviews.
Aboriginal Australians -- Interviews.
Aboriginal Australians -- Education -- Australia -- Western Australia.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Freedman, Rod, director, producer
O'Brien, May L., interviewee
Film Australia (Organization), production company
National Film and Sound Archive (Australia), distributor