Miller, Olga (1920-)

Also known as
"Aunty Olga" (1920-2003)
Miller, Olga
Miller, Olga (1920-2003)
Miller, Olga Eunice (1920-)
Miller, Olga Eunice (1920-2003)
Wandi
Wandi (1920-)
Wandi (wild duck) (1920-2003)
Field of activity
Artist; Printmaker; Writer; Storyteller; Illustrator; Environmentalist; Community Worker
Libraries Australia
http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an35165423
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-481179

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Olga Miller was a direct descendant and Elder of the Butchulla people of Fraser Island. She was an Aboriginal historian who wrote about and taught Aboriginal culture for over 40 years. The entry was written in consultation with family members.

Olga was the youngest of seven children. Her father was a full blood Aborigine of the Butchulla people of Fraser Island and her grandfather, Willie Wondunna, was head of the Butchulla people. She spent her early life on Fraser Island but the family eventually moved to Maryborough for their children's education.

(1964) was written by Olga's brother, Wilfred Reeves, while Olga was responsible for the illustrations in the book. Olga's other works include , (1993), (1997), and (2000). She published articles for school text books, wrote stories for animated films () and wrote newspaper columns for the Maryborough Chronicle. Her work also included the Wide Bay Television presentations and and presentations on Radio Maryborough ( and ).

"Aunty" Olga effectively established herself as a one woman lobby group for the well-being of Fraser Island. Politicians, developers, tourism operators and the National Parks and Wildlife Service all consulted her before doing anything which affected the Island's environment. She sat on boards and committees and kept a sharp eye on everything that happened there. She interpreted her protective role not in terms of possession but as a duty of care, a promise she had to keep to her grandfather and her people.

Olga's chief concern was to establish more protection for Fraser Island by enforcing the rules about access to vulnerable or forbidden places, speed limits and environmental damage. She saw the need to preserve the middens and other significant relics from the destructive consequences of mass tourism. Her wish and her challenge were to share the extraordinary beauty of the island with the world without changing its fragile face.

The University of Southern Queensland (Fraser Coast Campus) established the Olga Miller Memorial book bursary in memory of Auntie Olga Miller. At least three bursaries are awarded annually and are available to Indigenous undergraduate students from the Fraser Coast Campus. Two bursaries are awarded to undergraduate students and one bursary is awarded to a Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) or Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) student. At the end of 2008, the Olga Miller memorial garden was developed in the immediate surrounds of the newly constructed C block, at the Fraser Coast campus of the University of Southern Queensland.

The entry was written in consultation with family members.

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Children's book illustrator, otherwise known as Wandi, did the title page and nine full-page colour illustrations in W. Reeves, Moonie Jarl: The legends of Moonie Jarl.

Children’s book illustrator, did the title page and nine full-page colour illustrations in W. Reeves, Moonie Jarl: The legends of Moonie Jarl. This entry is a stub. You can help DAAO by submitting a

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Olga Eunice Miller.

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  • (see also) Foley, Fiona

    <p>Great Aunty, illustrator of "Legends of the Moonie Jarl" (Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1964)</p>

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  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index (ABI) Entries

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  2. Williams, Fred R. Written in sand. 1982 : 1-2, 114, 175-6
    [1982]

    Summary: Great-grand-daughter of Willy Wondunna k/a Caboonya Wondunna; sister of Wilfred Reeves, coauthor of The legends of Moonie Jarl, 1964. Painting reproduced p2; poem p175-6.

    Place: Queensland (Qld)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Miller, Olga Eunice
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Recognition for Maryborough's Achievers
    Maryborough City Council
    [Maryborough]
    Published: Maryborough City Council
  3. [Descendants of the Butchulla tribe (Mrs Olga Miller)]
    [5 : 15 September 1975 - 30 September 1975]
    Series: National Archives of Australia, National Office, Canberra
    Folios
    Series A3910; Control Symbol: A144; Item Barcode 30058666
  4. Olga Miller
    [September 1975 - October 1975]
    Series: National Archives of Australia, National Office, Canberra
    Series description - Submissions, transcripts and other documents relating to evidence given to the Fraser Island Environmental Inquiry.
    Series A10962; Control Symbol 71; Item Barcode 3223858

Resources by Olga Miller (14)

  1. K'gari, Mrs Fraser and Butchulla oral tradition / Olga Miller
    Miller, Olga, 1920-
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 26,970.658)

  2. Strings and things from long ago
    Miller, Olga, 1920-
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 5 libraries
    Strings and things from long ago
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  3. The Legend of Mount Bauple
    Miller, Olga, 1920-
    [ Book : 2000 ]
    At 3 libraries
    The Legend of Mount Bauple
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  4. Aboriginal legends of Fraser Island / Olga Miller
    Miller, Olga, 1920-
    [ Audio book : 1984 ]
    At CQUniversity Library
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  5. How the water got to the plains / retold by Olga Miller ; illustrated by Olga Miller and Margaret Power
    Miller, Olga, 1920-2003
    [ Book : 1998 ]
    At St Hilda's Ang Sch
    How the water got to the plains / retold by Olga Miller ; illustrated by Olga Miller and Margaret Power
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  6. Buallum and other stories / re-told by Olga Miller ; illustrated by Kasia Hartman
    Miller, Olga, 1920-2003
    [ Book : 2002 ]
    At 9 libraries
    Buallum and other stories / re-told by Olga Miller ; illustrated by Kasia Hartman
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  7. Why the kookaburra laughs / Olga Miller ; illustrations by Aboriginal Nations Animation Studio
    Miller, Olga, 1920-
    [ Book : 2003 ]
    Why the kookaburra laughs / Olga Miller ; illustrations by Aboriginal Nations Animation Studio
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  8. Fraser Island legends / retold by Olga Miller
    Miller, Olga, 1920-2003
    [ Book : 1993 ]
    At 29 libraries
    Fraser Island legends / retold by Olga Miller
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  9. Legends of Fraser Island / retold by Olga Miller ; paintings by Nainai Bird
    Miller, Olga, 1920-2003
    [ Book : 1993-1994 ]
    At 20 libraries
    Legends of Fraser Island / retold by Olga Miller ; paintings by Nainai Bird
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  10. Wook-koo / re-told by Olga Miller ; illustrated by Dorothy Hall
    Miller, Olga, 1920-
    [ Book : 2001 ]
    At 6 libraries
    Wook-koo / re-told by Olga Miller ; illustrated by Dorothy Hall
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  1. Volume 474: Angus & Robertson correspondence files for Miller, H., Mrs - Mirror Newspapers Ltd, 1939-1969
    [ Unpublished : 1939-1969 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Volume 474: Angus & Robertson correspondence files for Miller, H., Mrs - Mirror Newspapers Ltd, 1939-1969
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  2. Portrait of Olga Miller, ca. 1970
    Unidentified
    [ Photograph : 1970 ]
    View online
    At State Library of QLD
    Portrait of Olga Miller, ca. 1970
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  3. A sketch grammar of the Badjala language of Gari (Fraser Island) / Jeanie Patricia Bell
    Bell, Jeanie
    [ Thesis : 2003-2005 ]
    At 2 libraries
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  4. Written in sand
    Williams, Fred, 1941 (September 20)-
    [ Book : 1982 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12,612.374)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12,612.374)

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Wonderful story from Mum. Always in my thoughts. :)(From Kimball her youngest son)

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    ... MILLS (also known as Olga Dembitzer), who died on 20th February, 1983, must send particulars of his ... NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of OLGA ... 111 words
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  3. NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of OLGA BOSWELL, late of Neutral
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 31 March 1989 [Issue No.37] p 1753

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    ... NOTICE of intended distribution of estate.—Any person having any claim upon the estate of OLGA ... Eyers & Miller, Solicitors, within two calendar months from publication of this notice. After that time ... 123 words
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