Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year

Nominee

2015 NT Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr Miriam‐Rose Ungunmerr‐Baumann AM

State: Northern Territory

Educator and artist

As a child, Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann learnt to read the landscape as well as the pages of her textbooks and the whole bush was her school.  Despite never attending secondary school, Miriam-Rose became the Northern Territory’s first Indigenous school teacher and principal of St Francis Xavier in her home community of Nauiyu, Daly River. After studying to become a teacher’s aide in 1968, Miriam-Rose commenced her career at St Francis Xavier, going on to obtain a Bachelor and Master of Education Degree and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Northern Territory University.  A talented musician, visual artist and illustrator, for many years Miriam-Rose was the Northern Territory’s Education Department’s art consultant.  Driven by a determination to ensure her people have the opportunity to become qualified teachers and manage their own schools, Miriam-Rose’s own school embodies this philosophy.  Influenced by her bush-tracker uncle, Miriam-Rose teaches both western and traditional ways, passionately believing that education is a matter for the whole community.

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