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bill bunburyAnother much-admired CAN contributor, oral historian Bill Bunbury has been recognised for his incredible contribution to capturing a priceless archive of social history.

Bill is one of 4 WA State finalists in the 2016 Senior Australian of the Year Awards.

The awards pay tribute to Australians aged 65 and over who continue to achieve and make a difference.

Bill Bunbury has worked on many of CAN’s story telling projects over the years, recording the untold stories of many Aboriginal elders and senior community members.

Most recently he collected oral history recordings for the Goomalling Yarns and Spirit of Yagan community arts projects.

The WA Senior Australian of the Year will be announced on Sunday 8 November.

CAN wishes to congratulate all the finalists:

Bill Bunbury – Oral historian (Margaret River)

The Hon Graham Edwards AM – Veterans’ advocate (North Beach)

Lesley Reece AM – Children’s literature champion (Fremantle)

Rose Marie Vojakovic AM – Asbestos disease campaigner (Greenwood)

The State winner will join other finalists from around Australia for the National Awards ceremony at Parliament House on 25 January next year.


Photo: Bill Bunbury (centre) at the launch of the Spirit of Yagan oral history CD.

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