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Rebecca Richards

Australia-at-Large & Magdalen 2011

Rebecca Richards
  • Current Place of Residence: Brooklyn Park, Adelaide

  • University: University of Adelaide

  • Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropology and Psychology

An Adnyamathanha and Barngarla Aboriginal woman with custodial responsibilities for her family site, Pukatu, as well as women’s sites in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Community-nominated representative for Native Title mediation for five years, resulting in the largest determination of Native Title by consent awarded to an Indigenous group in South Australia. Keen interest and active involvement in anthropology, working at the National Museum of Australia as an Indigenous Cadet Project Officer, where she has been involved in the Smithsonian’s first international physical repatriation of human remains to an Indigenous group. Finalist in 2008 and 2010 for ‘Outstanding Indigenous Youth of the Year’ and semi-finalist in 2008 and 2010 for the ‘Community Service Award’ at the South Australian Youth of the Year Awards. Oxfam International Youth Action Partner, member of the Youth Engagement Steering Committee for the Australia Youth Forum, Minister’s Youth Council member, Adelaide University Union Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer, Aurora Native Title intern with the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement of South Australia and South Australia Native Title Services, mentor for youth with mental, drug and alcohol issues. Interests in singing, sculpture and sailing.