Our on-going Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture and Heritage project which is able to make the Elders Council sustainable as an Elders Group all these years, ensures the ability of the group to maintain its culture by the various projects we have undertaken, like the shell necklace making, bull kelp water carriers, and other traditional cultural activities undertaken on a regular basis, and also the funding that has been received from the various government depts. Over the years to keep the Council viable and sustainable.
I was born on old Cape Barren, raised by Grandparents and educated at the State School on the Island. On turning fifteen I became a monitor to grades 1A, 1B and grade 2. I moved to Flinders Island as a carer of an Elder for twelve months. I then moved to Launceston Tasmania. where I met and married my husband December 1962 I have 2 boys, 2 girls and 6 grandchildren who live in Victoria. On moving to Victoria 1974 I met up with some of my people and learned about their culture. I took up the cooks position with the W.T.Onus Hostel and then as a Cottage Parent to girls at risk at Richmond in Victoria. I then decided to return to the old blue hill , that were calling me back home. I built a three bedroom cedar pine log cabin home and enjoyed all the things that I used to do when I was a child, like walking the beaches and gathering shells to make the necklaces, that Cape Barren Island is renowned for. I am currently living in Launceston. I hold the position of Chairperson with the Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania I am still practicing my culture and teaching the young ones the Arts before they are lost.
I was born on Cape Barren Island and was raised by my mother Athelie Brown and my grandmother Claudia Maynard. I had 2 brothers Bryan & Kevin, and 2 sisters, Muriel & Maureen which are all now deceased. As a young girl I would go with my Grandmother to gather shells because she was a good shell stringer and as I got old she taught me how to string shells and how to clean them and I still string shells, today we stil have to go back to Cape Barren Island to gather the shells because nowhere in Tasmania can we find the shells that we need for stringing today. Growing up on Cape Barren island was good memories for me because everyone was related so we were like one big happy family after leaving school I had to move to Flinders Island where I worked at the Whitemark Hotel as a waitress for 12 months. Then I moved to Launceston where I still live today. I married and had a family of 8 children. I have 17 grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren.
My mother was Joyce Peardon nee Mansell. I have two sisters Annette, Dale and a brother Derek. I grew up on Cape Barren Island raised by my Aunty Madge. I went to school there until I turned 16. When I was 19, I moved to Victoria to a place called Parahan. I worked at the Red Tulip Chocolate Factory where I met my husband Alan who is now deceased. We had three children, Belynda, Alan Jr., and Deanne. I now have nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In the past 29 years I have been involved in many Aboriginal organisations in various capacities. Now I only centre myself in one organisation, the Aboriginal Elders Council of Tasmania. I have been involved for over ten years now.
Auntie Winnie Everett
I was born on Cape Barren Island in 1939. I was raised and educated at the Island's school but moved to Flinders Island for two years to complete further schooling there. My first child, Stanley Albert, was born in the old hospital on Cape Barren Island. I married and had six children, four boys and two girls. I now have 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.