Honour roll

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

Australian of the Year


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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