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2 – 9 July 2023
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Eldridge Mosby

Male Elder of the Year Award

Eldridge Mosby is an elder on the Torres Strait Island of Poruma, where he is greatly respected for his commitment to education and the revival of language and culture.

Eldridge started teaching at just 15, when community teachers were in short supply on his island. He has been working with students ever since.

Eldridge is passionate about helping young people develop high expectations and a love of learning. His reassurance and encouragement give them the confidence to “have a go”. As a school coordinator for language and culture, he makes singing, dancing, games, story telling and music a big part of everyday island life.

A member of the Buthu Lagau Saral Torres Strait Islander Corporation, Eldridge works to maintain the traditions and language of Poruma Island. He is a tireless champion of his community and always stands ready to help where he can in matters that affect his people.