Indigenous Alumni

Celebrating ANU Indigenous Alumni at the 2017 Alumni Awards

The 2017 ANU Alumni Awards at the National Museum of Australia celebrated the depth and diversity of achievement within the ANU alumni community. Alumni Awards recipients are selected for their impact, vision, innovation, creativity, leadership and philanthropic contributions.

This year, the Alumni Awards also recognised Indigenous alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to empowering the Indigenous community and representing ANU with distinction. ANU is very proud to celebrate its Indigenous community and acknowledge that reconciliation with Indigenous Australians needs to be permanently woven into the fabric of life at ANU.

The inaugural Indigenous Alumni Award recipients were:

Indigenous Alumni of the Year
Gaye Sculthorpe

Young Indigenous Alumni of the Year
Robbie Williams

Vice-Chancellor's Commendation - Indigenous Alumni of the Year
Dave Johnston

If you know an inspirational ANU Indigenous graduate or student who deserves recognition, please nominate for the 2018 ANU Alumni Awards.

Stay up-to-date with the nomination process by sending an email to


The Indigenous Alumni Network

We invite and welcome all former Indigenous students to the network. The Indigenous Alumni Network, established by alumni from the 80s and early 90s, will enable Indigenous students and alumni to remain connected and engaged with each other and ANU. A major objective is to celebrate the University's achievements in Indigenous education.

Inaugural Patrons of the ANU Indigenous Alumni Network include local Ngambri Elder, Mrs Matilda House (who opened the Tjabal Centre in 1989), Ms Anne Martin (current Director of the Tjabal Centre) and Emeritus Professor Isabel McBryde, instrumental in encouraging the University's enrolment of Indigenous students and supporting development of an Indigenous Student Centre (now the Tjabal Centre) and Professor Marcia Langton, first Indigenous Honours graduate in Anthropology at the ANU.

For further information and to join the Network Committee please contact please contact Alumni Relations or Dave Johnston on +61 412 211 137.

ANU Alumni Relations and ANU Indigenous Alumni Founding Members:

Dave Johnston, BA (Hons) '90
Dr Valerie Cooms, BA '94
Ms Robyne Bancroft, BA '94
Dr Ron Heron, BA '90
Gary Lee, BA (Hons) '91
Sam Wickman
Ronda Ramsay (nee Wie) BA '91
Mark Dugay-Grist, BA (Hons) '96
Kellie Pollard, BA '01
Dr Ray Lovett, PhD '13, MAppEpid '06

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