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Jonathan Kimberley & pura-lia meenamatta (Jim Everett)

meenamatta lena narla puellakanny : Meenamatta Water Country Discussion

A Writing and Painting Collaboration

(Keith James) Jim Everett - pura-lia meenamatta - Curriculum Vitae (August 2006)

Born: 22 October 1942, Whitemark, Flinders Island, Tasmania

Lives: Hobart, Tasmania

Jim Everett was born at Flinders Island, Tasmania in 1942.  He is from the clan plangermairreenner of the Ben Lomond people, a clan of the Cape Portland nation in North-east Tasmania.  Jim left primary school at 14 years to start work.  His forty-eight years of working life includes 13 years at sea and over 30 years formal involvement in the Aboriginal Struggle.  Jim has a long history in the public service in Aboriginal Affairs, and has traveled Australia visiting many remote Aboriginal communities.  Jim began writing poetry at an early age.  He wrote his first play, We Are Survivors, in 1984.  His written works now include plays, political papers and short stories, and he has been published in 10 major anthologies.  Jim’s other work includes television documentaries, educational videos and theatre productions.

Employment History, Aboriginal Affairs

1980/87 State Liaison Officer, Aboriginal Affairs, Department for Community Welfare, Hobart, TAS
1987 State Secretary, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Hobart, TAS
  Programs Manager, Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, Hobart, TAS
1988 Producer, Blackout, ABC Television, Sydney, NSW
1990/93 Manager, Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Premier & Cabinet, Hobart, TAS
1994/96 Programs Manager, Office of Aboriginal Affairs (including 2 year scholarship University Tasmania)
1996/97 Personal writing project – stories, poetry, plays & a novel (unfinished)
1998 Manager, Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council, Hobart, TAS
1999 Part-time TAFE lecturer, Aboriginal Culture & History, Hobart, TAS
  Tutor, University of Tasmania, Aboriginal History & Politic, Hobart, TAS
  Producer, Loingana Radio, South East Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation (SETAC), TAS
  Coordinator & artist, radio drama workshops, Aboriginal Homework Centre, Cygnet (SETAC), TAS
  Associate Producer, ABC Television documentary We’re Not Lost, Tasmania
2000/04 Part-time lecturer, TAFE Drysdale, Aboriginal Heritage & Tourism, Hobart, TAS
  Risdon Cove, Writer-in-Residence Partnership, TAC & Arts Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
  Arts Tasmania, Hobart, Protocol Guide: Respecting Cultures
  Consultancy, Success Works, Melbourne, Domestic & Family Violence Program, WA, SA, VIC,  NSW & QLD.
2004/05 Project Officer Aboriginal Partnership, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
2005 - Executive Officer, Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination, Indigenous Coordination Centre,  Hobart, TAS

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