Yirramboi History Salon

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Yirramboi History Salon
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Aunty Lois Peeler will share stories of her extraordinary life in this free event

Australia's first Aboriginal model and first Aboriginal person to work in television, Aunty Lois Peeler has certainly had her share of milestones. Peeler and her sisters also formed a singing group, the Sapphires, which toured Vietnam during the war in the 1960s. 

Peeler will talk about her remarkable life as part of the Yirramboi festival. She will be in conversation with radio host Blak Betty of 3CR.

And Lois isn't the only extraordinary member of her family. Her mother, Geraldine Briggs AO, was awarded for her work in Aboriginal development, and her sister Hyllus Maris wrote  drama miniseries Women of the Sun and established Worawa Aboriginal College in Healesville, where Lois is the principal. Her nephew Tony Briggs wrote about his aunts' group in the play The Sapphires, which won 11 awards at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

The History Salon series is designed to honour and pass on the stories and knowledge of Indigenous Australians. The event is free, but booking is compulsory. 

By: Cassidy Knowlton

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