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O'Brien, May Lorna (1933 - )

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Born
1933
Laverton, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Educator and Author

Summary

Born in Laverton, Western Australia, May O'Brien survived her removal to Mount Margaret Aboriginal Mission as a child, eventually taking up her first appointment as a teacher at Mount Margaret. After teaching for 25 years she moved into education policy, working for the Western Australia Ministry of Education and the Aboriginal Education Branch.

O'Brien was awarded the British Empire Medal on 31 December 1977 for work in Aboriginal education. For this she was also awarded the John Curtin medal. O'Brien was a delegate for Australia at the United Nations conference on Women in Denmark, 1980. She has written several childrens books.

Horton (ed) (1994), Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia; WCTU (1980), Some Aboriginal Women Pathfinders.

Archival resources

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • [May O'Brien - links with Mt Margaret Mission, teaching, work with the Aboriginal community], 2002, OH2551 A/m; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details
  • [Proceedings of Biennial Conference of OHAA(WA) 1990] [sound recording] Talks by May O'Brien, Michael Gallagher and Penny Brock]., 1990, OH2343; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

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