Congratulations Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM from the Northern Territory, who has been named the Senior Australian of the year for 2021.
Dr Ungunmerr Baumann was recognised for her contribution to children’s education, demonstrating an admirable commitment to making Australia a better place.
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard Colbeck, said Dr Ungunmerr Baumann had gone above and beyond in her service to education in the Top End.
“Miriam-Rose became the first fully qualified Aboriginal teacher in the Northern Territory in 1975, and later served as the principal of the Catholic school in her home community,” Minister Colbeck said.
“She is a renowned artist and a strong advocate for visual art to be a part of every child’s education.
“The Miriam Rose Foundation, which she began, is driving reconciliation at the grassroots level by bridging the divide between Aboriginal culture and wider Australian society.
“The Senior Australian of the Year award is recognition of significant achievement over many years, but it also highlights that dedicated Australians working for their communities come from all walks of life and background.”
Minister Colbeck also paid tribute to the other nominees from across Australia and the winners in each state and territory.
“It must be a difficult task narrowing down the nominees each year, looking through those shortlisted for this honour shows that you can always make a difference.
“While there is only one Senior Australian of the Year, I am continually impressed by all of those Australians who are nominated – they should all be rightly proud of their achievements.”
Congratulations to each of the 2021 Senior Australian of the Year finalists, who continue to inspire and contribute to their communities.
New South Wales
Aunty Isabel Reid
Elder, survivor and advocate for the Stolen Generation
Bich Cam Nguyen
Refugee and migrant advocate, multicultural leader, CEO of the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association
Aunty McRose Elu
Advocate for Torres Strait communities and climate change
Scout leader and mentor
Professor Richard Bruggemann
Dr Richard Walley OAM
Aboriginal cultural champion, musician, performer and artist
Australian Capital Territory
Patricia Anderson AO
Writer and advocate for the health of Australia’s First Peoples