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The Rona Tranby Award and Collection is supported by The awards are given for the recording and preservation of Indigenous Australian oral history. $10,000 is given and applicants are assessed on their merits by the Trustees of the Rona Tranby Trust.


2008 winner y separately published work icon Once upon a Long Ago : My Life in the Bush and the City Once Upon a Long Ago: Stories of My Working Life Albert Williams , Julie Cracknell , Newtown : Cracknell & Lonergan Architects Pty Ltd , 2014 8101130 2014 single work biography

'Stories told by Albert Williams about his working life on various stations and sheering sheds in outback NSW and later at Tranby Aboriginal College in Glebe, where he eventually served on the Board of Directors. Albert Williams was born in 1933 in Brewarrina and grew up in Bourke. His father was a WWII veteran and grandfather a police tracker. Albert's family history describes the importance of Gundabooka Mountain in Ngemba country. The book includes a collection of Albert's poems and paintings, and is dedicated to his grandparents.' (Source: Google Books website)

2007 winner y separately published work icon My People's Dreaming : An Aboriginal Elder Speaks on Life, Land, Spirit and Forgiveness Max Harrison , Sydney : Finch , 2009 Z1648413 2009 single work life story (taught in 3 units) 'The teachings I reveal in this book are the living treasures of my life. The traditional knowledge I talk about includes Creation Dreaming, bush lore, foods and healing, laws and punishment, spirituality and relationship to the land. These are some of the things taught to me by my teachers, my masters. And I will never forget them. They made me look at the Mother with ancient eyes. Not mine. But with ancient eyes and now it is my turn to pass on what I know.' Source: My People's Dreaming: An Aboriginal Elder Speaks on Life, Land, Spirit and Forgiveness (2009)
2006 winner Beryl Philp-Carmichael 'This award will enable Aunty Beryl Carmichael to collaborate with the writer and teacher Jennie Kerr in completing the oral history recordings of her life story. She is planning to produce a book based on these recordings, "The Footsteps of a Ngiyeempaa Elder".'
2000 winner y separately published work icon Steppin' Out and Speakin' Up Stepping Out and Speaking Up Older Women's Network NSW , Millers Point : Older Women's Network NSW , 2003 Z1415507 2003 anthology autobiography prose

Steppin' Out and Speakin' Up was a great reminder to me of the inner power we have as Indigenous women and the role our aunties, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends continue to play in the development of our communities. (Source: Message Stick on-line)

1998 winner y separately published work icon Isabel Flick : The Many Lives of an Extraordinary Aboriginal Woman Isabel Flick , Heather Goodall , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2004 Z1116442 2004 single work autobiography

'The remarkable life story of a leading Aboriginal community activist who grew up in a camp in northern NSW, and worked on health, education and other social issues across the state.

"And I said that to this old fella to this old fella at the ticket box: I want you to come and fix this. Take these ropes off! What do you think we are? Our money is as good as anyone else's and we want to sit where we want to sit. I kept standing there in front of the ticket office, and by then my sister-in-law was there too. The two of us, making trouble! And my poor little heart, I don't know how it stayed in my chest".' Source: Publisher's blurb

1994 joint winner Sylvia Scott with Di Ritch
1992 winner y separately published work icon Yamakarra! : Liza Kennedy and the Keewong Mob Western Heritage Group , Liza Kennedy , Wilcannia : Western Heritage Group , 2013 8271824 2013 single work biography

'‘Yamakarra!’ is built on the memories of Liza Kennedy (1902-1996). It celebrates a group of Aboriginal people whose country is between Cobar and Ivanhoe in far western NSW and whose story will have widespread appeal. Lack of water in this region meant that the grazing industry did not take hold until the second half of the 19th century, so Aunty Liza grew up with people who had been born before that industry took over their country. The level of independence that the Keewong Mob enjoyed during her early years had long been impossible for most other Aboriginal people in south-eastern Australia. This is the setting that makes Aunty Liza’s memories special.' (Source: Yamakarra brochure, sighted 28/1/2015)