• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: IMP0120

McNamara, Natascha Duschene

(1935 – )
  • Born 1 January, 1935, Clare South Australia Australia
  • Occupation Businesswoman, Educator, Researcher


Natascha McNamara was co-founder of the Aboriginal Training and Cultural Institute in Balmain, New South Wales, and president of the Aboriginal Children’s Advancement Society Ltd. She has also worked to reform the Aboriginal artefacts industry, and held an Adjunct Senior Research Fellowship with the Centre of Indigenous Development Education and Research (CIDEAR) at the University of Wollongong. McNamara was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) on 3 June 1978, for her work in Aboriginal education, and as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) on 8 June 1992.

McNamara is Managing Director of Accord Cross Cultural Development. She is also a member of the Australian Press Council and the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

Published resources

  • Edited Book
    • The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture, Horton, David, 1994
  • Conference Proceedings
    • The Aborigines of South Australia : their background and future prospects : proceedings of a conference held at the University of Adelaide, June 13-16, 1969, 1969
  • Resource Section
  • Book
    • Enhancing English literacy skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: A review of the literature and case studies in primary schools, Batten, M., Frigo, T., Hughes, P. and McNamara, N., 1998
  • Newspaper Article
    • Indigenous public servants gather, 2001
    • AIATSIS names three new appointments, 2000
    • Viewing Indigenous literature through Aboriginal / Islander eyes, Bellear, Lisa, 1993
    • They're helping Aborigines to help themselves [Aboriginal Training and Cultural Institute]; M. Valadian and McNamara teaching management skills Balmain, Bell, Glennys, 1979
  • Journal Article
    • Point Pearce Takeover: SA Aboriginal Lands Trust 1972, McNamara, D. N., 1972
    • The Aboriginal Development Foundation, McNamara, N. and Valadian, B., 1978
  • Resource
  • Site Exhibition

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