Congratulations to one of our members, Professor Ann McGrath, who was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her service to education and Indigenous history. Professor McGrath was recognised for significant service to the social sciences as an academic and researcher in the field of Indigenous history, and to tertiary education.
Her award came one week after she won the prized Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship from the Australian Research Council.
"I could not have achieved anything without a supportive family and generous mentors and colleagues," she said. "It's been a particular honour working with Aboriginal people who wanted their history to be better known by the wider community. Amy Laurie, a Gurindji woman, was one of the first to share her rich life experiences with me, partly because her grandchildren did not believe she was a highly regarded drover. Oodgeroo Noonuccal was a great inspiration; she fought for equal rights and an equal place in national narratives, for she wanted her people's epic stories to be recognised as histories and part of Australian history."