@JCU Congratulations George!
Dr George Skeene. (photo: Christa Rostedt)
Friends and colleagues joined Dr George Skeene for afternoon tea at The Cairns Institute last week to celebrate his receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). The award recognises his service to the Indigenous community of far north Queensland.
A Yirrganydji elder and local historian, he also holds a JCU Honorary Doctor of Letters.
Dr Skeene has previously received a Special Cultural Award on Australia Day, following his work to locate the remains of a Yirrganydji woman at the Queensland Museum and arrange for the remains to be released and re-buried in Cairns.
Head of the Cairns campus Professor Robyn McGuiggan acknowledged Dr Skeene’s long involvement with JCU staff and students in the areas of education, Indigenous studies, anthropology, archaeology and history.
His contributions include teaching and research, as well as providing expertise when Aboriginal artefacts have been found on campus.
To learn more about Dr George Skeene and the Cairns of his youth, look out for his book Two Cultures.
Words: Linden Woodward