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Veronica Perrule Dobson

Veronica Perrule Dobson

Female Elder of the Year

Veronica Perrule Dobson is an Eastern Arrernte Elder, often sought out for her expertise in language, culture and the environment. 

Born in Alrtunga, Northern Territory, Veronica moved to Alice Springs at 16 where her language skills led to her becoming the head of the Interpreting Service.

A strong advocate for teaching Aboriginal language and culture in schools, Veronica has taught countless children the Arrernte language.

Passionate about the environment, Veronica has worked with the CSIRO on numerous projects, delivered a paper at the Indigenous Environmental Conference in Canada and made a guest appearance on ‘The Cook and The Chef’ where she showcased Aboriginal food to Maggie Beer.

Veronica was awarded an Order of Australia in 2011 for her work as a linguist, naturalist and ecologist.

Always inspiring her children and grandchildren to love language and culture, she hopes this legacy will carry on into the future.

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