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Beth Graham Collection

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Collection number 16-009
Collection title Beth Graham Collection
Alternative collection title Letters from Arnhem Land
Date range (approx.) 1962-1978
Shelf meters (approx.) 0.36
Scope and contents Letters written by educator Beth Graham to her family when she was living in Milingimbi, Yirrkala and Croker Island during the 1960s. Many have been published by the NT Historical Society (2015) as ‘Dear Family: Letters from Arnhem Land 1962-1966’. The collection also includes other related items created during and after the period of the letters.
Physical description Handwritten letters, typescripts, clippings, photographs, CD, DVD, colour slides.
Language English
Language code eng
Collection created by Beth Graham
Biographical history From AustLit website (see link below):

Beth Graham arrived in Yirrkala in 1962, where she worked as a teacher for the Methodist Mission School. In 1973 she developed and implemented the school's first bilingual education program. In 1979, she worked as an education advisor for the Curriculum and Assessment Branch of the Northern Territory Department of Education, and became the first female principal education officer in bilingual education.
Provenance Donated by Beth Graham in 2016
Subjects Aboriginal education
Arnhem Land – social life and customs
Bilingual education
Indigenous education
Methodist Mission, Yirrkala
Names (person) Beth Graham
Places Arnhem Land
Croker Island
Box list available? No
Item list available? Yes. Please open BGraham_ItemList.pdf on this page
Conditions governing access Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers are advised that this collection may contain images or names of people who have since passed away
Related material Please see URLs below.
Location Arafura Research Archive. Please contact the Archivist on (08) 8946 7794 or at for more information
Institution Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Description for Link AustLit entry for 'Dear Family'
‘The Methodist Mission and the emerging Aboriginal Church in Arnhem Land 1916-1977’, thesis by John Kadiba (1998) at CDU eSpace:
Territory Stories website {NT Library)
MS 4169 Beth Graham Papers at AIATSIS
‘Dear Family: Letters from Arnhem Land 1962-1966’. Published by NT Historical Society - details as per Trove

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