The Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture is being held on Wednesday 8 March from 6 pm to 8.30pm in the Union Hall at the La Trobe University Bundoora campus. That day is International Women’s Day as well as being the actual 50th Anniversary of La Trobe University. It’s also the eighth, which is considered lucky by the Chinese so I think it will be an auspicious day and night.Hyllus Maris was an Aboriginal activist, poet and educator who passed away in 1986. The original Lecture was launched in 1999 in honour of the Yorta Yorta woman, writer and poet, whose achievements in education include the establishment of Victoria’s only Aboriginal school, Worawa Aboriginal College. She was the sister of Lois Peeler AM – a member of The Sapphires – who is now the Executive Director and Principal of the Worawa Aboriginal College for Indigenous girls in Healesville, who will MC the event. The Hyllus Maris Memorial Lecture has largely been organised by Tanya Peeler, Lois Peeler’s daughter and Hyllus Maris’ niece.
This lecture will celebrate Hyllus Maris’ visionary work in Indigenous Education and the contribution and participation of Indigenous people in higher education around the country. The keynote speaker is Aboriginal author Dr Anita Heiss and highlights will include an Indigenous Academic Procession, a Welcome to Country and cultural celebration as well as performances by Indigenous artists Isaiah Firebrace (X Factor Australia 2016 winner), Nathaniel Andrew and more. Tickets are free and you can register on Eventbrite here.