Ann Weldon

Left: Pauline Weldon-Bowen and Right: Ann Weldon at the 2015 National NAIDOC Awards

Who’s your mob and where were you raised?

I am Ann Coe, second eldest child of Lindsay and Francis Coe.  Both of my parents are Wiradjuri, both from Erambie.

My people are Wiradjuri and I come from the Kalar River (now known as the Lachlan River) area, the central area of my Wiradjuri Nation’s country.  My Wiradjuri connections and communities/clan groups that I have direct lineage are from relatives who live in the surrounding towns and reserves such as Cowra, Condobolin, Narrandera, Leeton, Brungle/Tumut, Griffith, Wellington, Dubbo, and Peak Hill.

I was raised on Erambie Aboriginal Reserve, (also known as 32 acres) with my large extended and extremely proud family.

How long have you been a member of the NAIDOC Committee?

My journey on the National Committee began in 2011. This is my second term.

What does NAIDOC mean to you?

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples to come together to celebrate our achievements and endeavours, to reflect, to connect, to further embrace our unique cultural and traditions, to allow all Australians to have a deeper understanding of Aboriginal  Australia, to remind  Australia that we have  survived, that Australia is Aboriginal, always was and always will be. 

Apart from the National NAIDOC Ball, how will you be celebrating NAIDOC Week?

I attend as many as I can possibility NAIDOC events and functions throughout Sydney. To list a few:

  • Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council are holing a NAIDOC Cabaret on the 12th July 2015,

  • Inner City NAIDOC Family Day in Marrickville

  • St. Scholastic’s College NAIDOC celebrations

  • St. Puis NAIDOC event

  • NATSICC NAIDOC Mass

  • AMS Redfern event

  • NAIDOC celebrations events with various Government Agencies

Outside of NAIDOC what are your passions?

My children, grandchildren and family.  For my grandchildren fulfil me.

One of my deepest passions is to continue to teach and guide my children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and our family groups of our families connections, of Wiradjuri Culture, of our ancestors that have gone before us.  To ensure that my Wiradjuri oral history continue to be passed down to our future generations.

I love being actively involved within Aboriginal affairs in my community

I love going home to country

I get a great deal of enjoyment with helping other people we may need a helping hand.

Fun fact – what don’t we know about you?

Certainly a great number of things that you will never know.