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Aunty Bev Murray

VACCA supported Aunty Bev Murray throughout her fledgling writing career which commenced when Bev wrote her first children’s book and then went on to undertake a Diploma in Creative and Indigenous Writing. Bev has written a number of short stories, a script for a short film, songs and poetry and her two biggest dreams are to complete her book on her family and to turn her children’s book into a musical play. Having worked in community for over 35 years Bev has taken on a variety of roles, including, Founding Director of Ilbijerri where she was voted in as its third President, Director of a number of Aboriginal Community Controlled organisations too many to mention, a 22 year employment history with Aboriginal Housing Victoria where she eventually became its first CEO, a senior Policy Officer at City of Melbourne and an elected ATSIC Representative. Bev comes from a family of eight and has lived all her life in Melbourne but did spend two years studying in Adelaide, South Australia.



A Big Life

These first time authors have written captivating memoirs of their extraordinary lives. We hear from Aunty Veronica Gorrie, Aunty Pattie Lees, and Adam Lees. Moderator Aunty Bev Murray.

March 20, 2022