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7 – 14 July 2024
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Pat O'Shane AM

Pat O'Shane AM

Lifetime Achievement Award

Pat O’Shane AM, is a proud Kuku Yalanji woman from Mossman, one hour north of Cairns.

Pat is by far one of our greatest achievers of all time with a list of many firsts. This includes being the first female Aboriginal teacher in Queensland, the first Aboriginal Magistrate in Australia, and the first woman and Aboriginal person to be the head of a Government department.

Voted as one of Australia's living treasures by the National Trust, she is an inspirational leader, an inspirational woman and a hero to us all.

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