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Rhoda Roberts Rhoda Roberts i(A108653 works by) (a.k.a. Rhoda Ann Roberts)
Born: Established: 1959 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Bundjalung ; Aboriginal
(Storyteller) assertion
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Rhoda Roberts is a Bundjalung woman of the Wiyebal clan. Her totem is the lizard. Roberts' childhood was spent in Lismore and Sydney.

After leaving school she trained to be a Nurse's Aide and eventually graduated as a registered nurse in 1979. With her nursing qualifications, Roberts travelled overseas to work. When she returned, she became involved in acting, training for three years before getting a job with a theatre company.

Roberts has worked as the Current Affairs Presenter of Vox Populi (SBS-TV), Radio Announcer on various radio programs, Reporter for First in Line, Presenter for Qantas in-flight videos, Artistic Director for the Awakening Ceremony for the Festival of the Dreaming (1997), and Indigenous Cultural Advisor for the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000).

In 2012, Roberts was named Artistic Director of Indigenous progamming at the Sydney Opera House.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2019 winner Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Ros Bower Award
2016 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For her distinguished service to the performing arts, leadership, advocacy and promoting contemporary Indigenous culture.
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