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Honorary doctorates for inspirational Aboriginal women

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

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Joining graduates in crossing the stage at the February 2019 ECU graduation ceremonies, six distinguished individuals received honorary degrees. Of those, two highly respected Aboriginal women were recognised for their contributions in their respective fields of law and performing arts.

Kate George, Doctor of Laws

Ms George is an inspirational Aboriginal lawyer who has campaigned tirelessly to improve the lives and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

After being taken from her family at age three, Ms George empowered herself through education and became the first Aboriginal woman to practice law in WA.

Working in the area of Aboriginal affairs for over 40 years, she has served in several senior public service positions including as ministerial advisor at both State and Federal levels.

Rachael Maza, Doctor of Performing Arts

Ms Maza is an outstanding actor, respected director, narrator, singer, Indigenous Liaison Advisor and acting coach.

A graduate of ECU’s Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), she is a well-known face in the Australian theatre, film and television industry having appeared in award-winning film Radiance and the stage production of The Sapphires.

She is a generous and inspiring mentor of young actors and has been instrumental in moving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performing arts centre-stage in Australia.

Both Kate and Rachel join a growing list of exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people recognised at this level by the University. These include:

  • 2018 -  Ms Lynette Narkle - Doctor of Arts
  • 2017 - Ms June Oscar, AO - Doctor of the University
  • 2017 - Ms Patricia Anderson, AO - Doctor of Medical Science
  • 2009 - Mr Mark Bin Bakar - Doctor of the University
  • 2004 -  Mr Ken Wyatt, AM - Fellows of the University

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