Tom Trevorrow was a widely-respected and highly-regarded Ngarrindjeri Elder living in Camp Coorong, near Meningie in South Australia, until his untimely death in mid-April 2013. Amongst his many leadership roles, he was a member of the One River Reference Group. In October 2012, he was a key note speaker at Regional Arts Australia’s national conference in Goolwa. His public comments, insights and advocacy in relation to Aboriginal land and sea rights and management practices have begun to have a genuine impact on policy development in South Australia – his loss will be immensely felt.
These recordings have been made available in order that his important messages can live on and inform and inspire all Australians, particularly those interested in the plight of Coorong and in the ongoing management discussions in relation to the Murray-Darling Basin catchment.
Listen to a recording of his address,
and listen to the question and answer session where he answers questions and talks about the Ngarrindjeri creation story.
These recordings are reproduced here with the generous permission of his wife, Ellen Trevorrow, and the organisers of the Regional Arts Australia national conference in Goolwa in October 2012, Steve Mayhew (Artistic Director) and Country Arts SA.
In memory of Tom Trevorrow (1954 – 2013); husband, father, brother, cousin, brother-in-law, Poppa, godfather, leader, mentor and friend to so many. A Ngarrindjeri elder, Manager of Camp Coorong Race Relations Cultural Education Centre, which also maintains a Ngarrindjeri Cultural Museum. Chairperson of the Ngarrindjeri Land & Progress Association Incorporated, the Ngarrindjeri Heritage Committee and the Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority.
You may also like to read here Tom’s story as told to Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh earlier this year, as part of the One River Goolwa project. One River is a national program of the Centenary of Canberra, proudly supported by the ACT Government and the Australian Government.