I am the eldest of my family and the first female in my matrilineal line in Australia, to be educated formally at school. I am also the first of the women in my family born on Gumbainggirr land to be and to identify as an Aboriginal person and to be accepted as such by the Aboriginal community I live and work in. I have always had a keen interest in family history and my fathers family tree has been passed on to me by word of mouth from my father and others over decades since I was about 8 years old. I am an Aboriginal cultural heritage specialist and educator and I enjoy opportunities to work with and for Aboriginal communities on all matters relating to Aboriginal cultural values and family lines. I was educated through St Mary's Bellingen, Bellingen High School, University of New England and Flinders University. When my first child was arriving I opted to be a 'stay at home parent' until my children were at school and in the care of others for large sections of the day. When they were I had time to complete my university studies and pursue ongoing employment. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in archaeology and paleoanthropogy on my mother’s 70 birthday in October 2007. While working as an archaeologist for the NSW government in 2008 I started post graduate studies with Flinders University in Cultural Heritage Management. I have lived mostly in Bellingen until a short-term 18 month contract with Griffith University in Brisbane as the project officer for their ongoing Indigenising their curriculum project took me to Queensland in 2008. In March 2010 I started working in Coffs Harbour again for the same agency I started with in 2007 for a 3-month contract and started commuting weekly by car from my new home in Queensland to my old home in Bellingen. However, that has evolved into ongoing employment over the years in a number of different roles in Aboriginal cultural heritage regulation.
In 2017 at the request of other family members who were also the descendants of Jack and Jesse Cook I was their contact officer for the purposes of registering the family's Aboriginal corporation with the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous. Corporations Cook Family of Barrington.
Between July 2020 and December 2021 I was working for the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet in a work from home capacity in Queensland as part of the COVID response.
I accepted a voluntary redundance offer and left the Department on 13 December 2021. I am currently the contact officer for the Cook family of Barrington and an Indigenous representative on the Australian Archaeological Association's national executive.
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