Rory O'Connor - Round 1, 2016 Champion

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Rory O'Connor

Digital technology reviving Yugambeh language and culture

Rory O’Connor, CEO of Yugambeh Museum in Beenleigh, enthusiastically embraces digital technology as the most effective means of both preserving and reviving local Indigenous languages.

Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre uses digital technologies to tell the stories of the Yugambeh people of the Beenleigh area.

Under Rory’s leadership, the museum has established itself at the forefront of the interface between languages and technologies; activities include links to online resources and social media. The website provides a means for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to engage with the Yugambeh culture – past and present.

Rory is the driving force behind many positive initiatives keeping the Yugambeh Aboriginal heritage alive. A traditional custodian and member of the Yugambeh Aboriginal community, Rory has spent many hours talking with Elders and has produced books, exhibitions and videos to help preserve their stories.

Rory was instrumental in the development of the Yugambeh language app – the first language application for a Queensland Indigenous language. The app has been extended to include another six languages from across Queensland.

Drawing on the innate creativity and tech savvy of young people, the museum’s ‘Write into Art’ poetry and visual art competition challenged school students to use the App to express themselves in Yugambeh language.

In 2016, Rory will lead his team to develop a Yugambeh TV channel to promote and raise awareness of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and cultures.

Rory is nominated by: State Library of Queensland

Rory O'Connor

Digital technology reviving Yugambeh language and culture

Rory O’Connor, CEO of Yugambeh Museum in Beenleigh, enthusiastically embraces digital technology as the most effective means of both preserving and reviving local Indigenous languages.

Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre uses digital technologies to tell the stories of the Yugambeh people of the Beenleigh area.

Under Rory’s leadership, the museum has established itself at the forefront of the interface between languages and technologies; activities include links to online resources and social media. The website provides a means for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to engage with the Yugambeh culture – past and present.

Rory is the driving force behind many positive initiatives keeping the Yugambeh Aboriginal heritage alive. A traditional custodian and member of the Yugambeh Aboriginal community, Rory has spent many hours talking with Elders and has produced books, exhibitions and videos to help preserve their stories.

Rory was instrumental in the development of the Yugambeh language app – the first language application for a Queensland Indigenous language. The app has been extended to include another six languages from across Queensland.

Drawing on the innate creativity and tech savvy of young people, the museum’s ‘Write into Art’ poetry and visual art competition challenged school students to use the App to express themselves in Yugambeh language.

In 2016, Rory will lead his team to develop a Yugambeh TV channel to promote and raise awareness of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and cultures.

Rory is nominated by: State Library of Queensland