Three decades ago a young Rosemaree Whitehead saw firsthand blatant racism that was to change the course of her life – and that of many others.
Appalled by what was happening at the Griffith, southern NSW school, where she was a junior Aboriginal education assistant (AEA), the young Rosie decided to take action.
Rather than fight from the outside, the Gangalidda (north-west Queensland) woman made education her weapon of choice, using a specialised program at the University of Western Sydney to extend her qualifications and graduate as a teacher.
These days the now mother of three and grandmother of two is happily teaching at Queanbeyan, southern NSW.
“There have been improvements to the NSW education syllabus. I believe they’re on the right track.”
“But there’s such a great need for more cultural education. With things like the Stolen Generation, a lot of our people just don’t know their culture.”