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ABOUT US: Meet Aunty Joan Collins

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Aunty Joan Collins

"Back in 1992, I started the first Musgrave Park Family Fun Day to celebrate Aboriginal culture.  We were concerned that as Australia's First Nation people we didn't have a place to present, promote and preserve our culture.  I was fearful that the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Aboriginal Australia was disappearing".
 

27 years later, the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day has become the single largest celebration of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC Week and has become the flagship of all NAIDOC Celebrations in Brisbane.

Musgrave Park is historically a meeting place for Aboriginal people and it holds traditional and spiritual significance for many Aboriginal tribal groups in and around Brisbane.  It is for this reason that we invite all Australian's and visitors to our nation to come along and celebrate the oldest, continuous living culture in the world.


ABOUT MUSGRAVE PARK FAMILY FUNDAY.

The first Musgrave Park Family Fun Day was held in 1992.

In 2018 we will celebrate the 27th year running of the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day.  From humble beginnings the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day has grown into the most significant celebration of Aboriginal culture nationally during NAIDOC Week and continues to be a great celebration and demonstration of Australia First Nations people gathering together to celebrate our culture.

Musgrave Park is historically a meeting place for Aboriginal people and holds traditional and spiritual significance for the many Aboriginal tribal groups of Brisbane and the surrounding lands.

The Musgrave Park Family Fun Day was born out of a vision by Aunty Joan Collins (nee Alberts) who feared the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Aboriginal Australia was disappearing.  She dreamt of celebrating and promoting the very essence of her culture and showcasing its significance to all Australians.  This dream motivated her to lobby government and non-government agencies, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous to join her cause.  This resulted in what you see today, the biggest and best most significant celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in Brisbane - the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day.

Aunty Joan Collins is a Life Member of Musgrave Park Family Fun Day and her daughter Natalie Alberts continues in the administration and management of the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day.   We are encouraged and inspired by her vision and we are driven to ensure the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day continues to be an avenue for the positive expression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

In 2017 we had over 170 organisations, service provides and government agencies promoting their services and programs at our event.  This provides an avenue for the dessiminateion of information to Indigenous people.  Attendance at the Musgrave Park Family Fun Day in previous years saw representation from a wide cross section of the community, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and continues to grow with visiting numbers in the vicinity of over 26,000 throughout the duration of the day.


VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.
We invite you to walk with us in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.