Keynote Speaker

We are proud to announce that

Ms Maroochy Barambah

will hold the keynote address:

Intrepid Through the Field of Landmines:

Experiencing Anthropologists and Lawyers in Native Title

and perform songs in Turrbal, Gabi Gabi and English

Maroochy is the Song Woman and Law Woman of the Turrbal People, the Traditional Owners of Brisbane, and also has strong Gabi Gabi ancestry. She grew up on Cherbourg in south east Queensland and at the age of 12 went to live with a Melbourne family so she could attend High School and then the Melba Conservatorium of Music, where she was following in the steps of singer, Harold Blair who was also from Cherbourg. She graduated in Dramatic Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1979. Maroochy made her operatic debut in the leading role in Black River in October 1989, becoming the second Aboriginal person, after Harold Blair, to perform on the Australian operatic stage. She also performed at the United Nations in New York in honour of the International Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples in 1993.  In November 1995, she was one of the first two Indigenous Australians to perform at the Sydney Opera House, in Porgy and Bess.

Maroochy is continuously engaged in community issues in south-east Queensland. She works with younger generations of Indigenous Australians within the arts industry.  She has delivered several lectures nationally on Aboriginal culture, and was a keynote speaker at the Australian Reconciliation Convention in Melbourne in May 1997. She is a contributor to the book, Going Digital 2000: Legal Issues for E-Commerce, Software and the Internet, on the issue of the protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.  She is the Applicant for the Turrbal native title in Brisbane which she has been working on since 1998 and she will focus on this experience in her presentation to the Workshop.