Watson, Maureen (1930-2009)

Also known as
Watson, Maureen
Watson, Maureen (1931-2009)
Field of activity
Aboriginal Storyteller; Actor; Singer; Aboriginal Rights Activist; Writer; Vocalist; Playwright; Adaptor
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https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-489608

Biographies

Maureen Watson is an Australian Actor, Writer, Vocalist, Playwright, Adaptor, who is mentioned in 7 events in the AusStage database

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Maureen Watson was born in Rockhampton in 1930. Of Biri descent, spent her early life in rural Queensland, moving to Brisbane with her five sons in 1970. She became heavily involved in the struggle for indigenous right and justice throughout the 1970s and 80s, as her participation in protests at the Brisbane Commonwealth Games testified to. She developed a well deserved reputation as a storyteller, her major medium for the promotion of Aboriginal culture.

Maureen Watson was born in 1931 in Rockhampton, Queensland, of Biri descent. She spent her early life in rural Queensland, left school at 13, married, and had five children.

She later returned to school and matriculated, and then moved to Brisbane with her five sons to begin an arts degree at the University of Queensland in 1970. She completed two years of her course before the pressures of raising a family forced her to quit. Over succeeding years, she emerged as a poet, singer, actor and political activist.

Moving to Sydney, she set up the Aboriginal Peoples Gallery in Redfern in 1981. She was at the forefront of the Aboriginal protests against the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in 1982, and was arrested three times while participating in demonstrations.

Black Reflections, a collection of her stories and poems, was published in 1982, followed by Kaiyu's Waiting, a school kit of children's stories, in 1984. She was the narrator for Robert Bropho's film, Mundu Nyuringu, in 1983, and she appeared in Jack Davis' play, The Honey Spot, in its 1986 tour of Victoria and New South Wales.

Storytelling remained her major medium for promoting Aboriginal culture, and she has travelled widely in Australia, New Zealand and Europe to give storytelling presentations. Her stories told about the Aboriginal experience of urban life.

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Selected resources (24)

AusStage

  1. Maureen Watson's network
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  2. Maureen Watson's map
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  3. Little White Dress
    Watson, Maureen (Actor)
    [1996-06-01]
    A performance staged at the Performing Arts Centre, South Bank, QLD
  4. The Little White Dress
    Watson, Maureen (Actor)
    [1996-06-10]
    A performance staged at the Concert Hall, South Bank, QLD
  5. Kickin' Up the Dust
    Watson, Maureen (Playwright)
    [1998-05-21]
    A performance staged at the Swinburne University, Hawthorn, VIC
  6. Kickin' Up the Dust
    Watson, Maureen (Actor)
    [1998-05-21]
    A performance staged at the Swinburne University, Hawthorn, VIC
  7. You Came to My Country But You Didn't Turn Black
    Watson, Maureen (Adaptor)
    [1990-01-01]
    A performance staged at the Queensland Museum, South Bank, QLD
  8. Through Murri Eyes
    Watson, Maureen (Writer)
    [1992-09-23]
    A performance staged at the Jagera Arts Centre, South Brisbane, QLD
  9. Honey Spot
    Watson, Maureen (Actor)
    [1988-07-26]
    A performance staged at the Cremorne Theatre (1985- ), South Brisbane, QLD
  10. New Sky
    Watson, Maureen (Vocalist)
    [1983-10-11]
    A performance staged at the Playhouse, Newcastle, NSW

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

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

    Please be aware that some ABI records contain language, words or descriptions which may be considered offensive or distressing. These words reflect the attitude of the period in which the item was written and/or that of its author. Please also be aware that ABI records may contain references to deceased people which may cause sadness or distress.

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  2. You came to my country and you didnt turn BLACK. COMA 25, 1993
    [1993]

    Summary: Born near Mackay. From 1980-1981 managed Aboriginal Peoples Gallery at Redfern. Member of the Aboriginal Arts Board.

    Place: Mackay (E Qld SF55-08); Redfern (Inner Sydney NSW SI56-05)

  3. Asian Bureau Australia. Walk in my shoes : a social justice resource book : ed. by W. Pouddstf, K. Stempf and S. Macdonald. Rev. ed. Melbourne, Dove Communications, 1984
    [1984]

    Summary: Includes collection of poems, stories and articles including M. Watson.

  4. Aboriginal Art : the politics of consumption & display. Rabelais 18(19) 1984 : 12-14
    [1984]

    Summary: Storyteller & film-maker at Sydney. Speaker at conference on art. Has travelled overseas.

    Place: Queensland (Qld); Sydney (NSW SI56-05)

  5. Newcastle Aboriginal Support Group Newsletter (16) 1983 : 3
    [1983]

    Summary: Mother of Tiga Bayles, manager US Mob band.

    Place: Queensland (Qld); Newcastle (NSW N Coast SI56-02)

  6. Vogue Australia. Australian Aborigines in the News October 1(8) 1982
    [1982]

    Summary: Writing & storytelling achievements. Education. Community activities. Portrait.

    Place: Queensland (Qld)

  7. Perth West Australian. Australian Aborigines in the News Apr 18(7) 1983
    [1983]

    Summary: Story teller. Some background, activities, plans.

    Place: Perth (SW WA SH50-14); Queensland (Qld)

  8. Pemulwy 12 : front cover

    Summary: Poem

    Place: New South Wales (NSW)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Watson, Maureen
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Black Child: I, Too, Am Human
    Watson, Maureen
    [1977]
    Series: IspartOf Meanjin
  3. But Most Certainly I am Aboriginal / Maureen Watson Speaks to Bronwen Levy
    Watson, Maureen and Levy, Bronwen
    [1991]
    Series: IspartOf Hecate
  4. Honourable Grandmother
    Barron, Kevin
    [Canberra]
    Published: Canberra Times
  5. My Mob: The Story of Aboriginal Family Life
    Barlow, Alex
    [Port Melbourne, Vic]
    Published: Heinemann Library
  6. The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture
    Horton, David
    [Canberra]
    Published: Aboriginal Studies Press for AIATSIS

Resources by Maureen Watson (25)

  1. Maureen Watson
    Watson, Maureen
    [ Sound : 1980 ]
    At UQ Library
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  2. My heritage [poem]
    Watson, Maureen, 1930-2009
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,631.84)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,631.84)

  3. Black child : I, too, am human [two poems]
    Watson, Maureen, 1930-2009
    [ Book : 1977 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,368.473)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,368.473)

  4. Project day : [story] / by Maureen Watson
    Watson, Maureen, 1930-2009
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,352.984)

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  5. The coming of the strangers [story of Aboriginal reaction to the arrival of the whites in Australia]
    Watson, Maureen, 1930-2009
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,345.613)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,345.613)

  6. A black God [poem]
    Watson, Maureen, 1930-2009
    [ Book : 1979 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,286.422)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 49,286.422)

  7. But most certainly I am Aboriginal / Maureen Watson speaks to Bronwen Levy
    Watson, Maureen, 1930-2009
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  8. Kaiyu's waiting : an Aboriginal story [kit] / illus. by D. Verrall
    Watson, Maureen, 1930-2009
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 42,417.93)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 42,417.93)

  9. In the footprints of our people : a story / by Maureen Watson ; Amy ; Raoul Wallenberg : between the lines
    [ Video : 1976-1987 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 41,207.922)

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  10. From dreamtime to spaceships / Maureen Watson: Aboriginal storyteller ; [music by Michael Watson]
    Watson, Maureen
    [ Sound : 1984 ]
    At 9 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,151.562)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36,151.562)

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Resources about Maureen Watson (10)

  1. Maureen Watson, 1994
    Gemes, Juno, 1944-
    [ Photograph : 1994 ]
    View online
    At State Library of QLD
    Maureen Watson, 1994
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  2. Honourable grandmother / Kevin Barron
    Barron, Kevin
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50,863.688)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 50,863.688)

  3. Maureen is the woman in red
    [ Book : 1997 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  4. First National Black Playwrights' Conference and Workshop (GUTHRIE_R01)
    National Black Playwrights' Conference
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 30,611.436)

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  5. First National Black Playwrights' Conference and Workshop
    National Black Playwrights' Conference
    [ Periodical : 1986 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  6. Cassettes from 'Sounds Information Australia' (NFSA_03)
    National Film and Sound Archive (Australia)
    [ Sound ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  7. Politics, power and poetry : an intercultural perspective on Indigenous identity formations in Black Australian poetry as a manifestation socio-political relevance / Eleonore Wildburger
    Wildburger, Eleonore
    [ Thesis : 2000 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  8. AIATSIS Open Day 1989. (AIATSIS.087.BW)
    Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
    [ Photograph : 1989 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22,695.234)

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  9. My mob : the story of Aboriginal family life / Alex Barlow and Marji Hill
    Barlow, Alex
    [ Book : 2001-2006 ]
    At 142 libraries
    My mob : the story of Aboriginal family life / Alex Barlow and Marji Hill
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16,151.213)

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  10. Radio 2EA broadcasts
    Special Broadcasting Service Corporation
    [ Sound : 1981-1989 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  1. Watson, Roslyn (1954-)
    Dancer; Choreographer
    ... Watson, Maureen (1931 - 2009) ... Watson, Roslyn (1954-) ... Roslyn Watson is an Aboriginal Australian ballet dancer and choreographer of international renown ... , including the prestigious Dance Theatre of Harlem. Roslyn Watson was born in 1954 in Brisbane, of Biri ...
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  2. Watson, Vicki
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  3. Lander, Maureen
    Visual Artist
    ... Watson, Judy ... Maureen Lander is a Visual Artist, who is mentioned in 1 event in the AusStage database ...
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  1. Maureen Watson Wins International and National Awards
    Torres News (Thursday Island, Qld. : 1957-2015) Friday 27 December 1996 p 8 Article
    ... Maureen Watson Wins International and National Awards . Aboriginal storyteller, writer and ... performer Maureen Watson is the inaugural recipient of the international humanitarian award, the Global ... 498 words
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 4,055.398)

  2. Maureen Watson: keeping Aboriginal culture alive Working hard for children's sake
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 2 April 1987 p 11 Article
    ... Maureen Watson: keeping Aboriginal culture alive By MANDY LYNCH Working hard for children's sake ... Maureen Watson has a deep commit ment to keep' Aboriginal culture alive and make children more aware of ... 646 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,653.329)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,653.329)

  3. MYSTERY OF THE WEEK Murder in a publichouse DINNER FOR NONE, by Maureen Sarsfield. London: Nicholson and Watson.
    The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW : 1931 - 1954) Saturday 28 August 1948 p 13 Article Illustrated
    ... : Nicholson and Watson. MISTRESS Maureen v Sarsfield, a moppet unknown to my card -index, has con-fected a ... — MYSTERY OF THE WEEK — — Murder in a publichouse DINNER FOR NONE, by Maureen Sars field. London ... 670 words
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  1. COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. PROMOTIONS—SECTION 50 AND REGULATION 109.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 19 April 1956 [Issue No.17] p 1094

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... ,289£1,469), Third Division Supervising Architect (£1,998-£2,163) (female rate £l5844-£2,009), Third Division ... 11309 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,231.403)

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  2. COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. PROMOTIONS-SECTION 50 AND REGULATION 109.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 5 April 1956 [Issue No.15] p 943

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    Extract: COMMONWEALTH PUBLIC SERVICE. PROMOTIONS-SECTION 50 AND REGULATION 109. THE following promotions are provisional and subject to appeal by officers to the ... 9953 words
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  3. Examination No. 4238. FOR APPOINTMENT AS CLERICAL ASSISTANT, GRADE 1, MELBOURNE. Held 13th November, 1954.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 24 February 1955 [Issue No.9] p 567

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... . * Watson, Roger. Turnbull, Peter. Hulands, Brian. *Gfeening, Morris Leslie. * Johnston, William David ... 'Bryen, Bruce Falkiner. Hitchcock, Brian Phillip. *Sim, Donald Henry. Duffy, Patrick. *Bell, Sydney. Watson ... 1685 words
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  1. Maureen Watson, 1994
    Gemes, Juno, 19 ...
    [ Photograph : 1994 ]
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  2. Oedogonium / Ray Calvert and Mauree ...
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    [ Photograph : 1975 ]
  3. Spirogyra and Vaucheria / Ray Calve ...
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    [ Photograph : 1975 ]
  4. The Volvocales and Volvox [by] Ray ...
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    [ Photograph : 1975 ]
  5. AIATSIS Open Day 1989. (AIATSIS.087 ...
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    [ Photograph : 1989 ]
  6. Portraits of Australian Aborigines, ...
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    [ Photograph : 1981-1984 ]
    Portraits of Australian Aborigines, 1981-1984 / photographed by Penny Tweedie
  1. demolition of Southdean
    Stephan, Steve
    [ Photograph, Art work, Map : 1287 ]
    View online
    At Stonnington History
    demolition of Southdean
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.942)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 15.942)

  1. Palm lines : an installation by Maureen Lander in collaboration with poets Anne Kirker and Samuel Wagan Watson
    Lander, Maureen
    [ Book : 2007 ]
    At State Library of QLD
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 484.618)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 484.618)

  2. Making diagnosis meaningful : enhancing evaluation and treatment of psychological disorders / edited by James W. Barron
    Cropper, Maureen L
    [ Book : 1998-1999 ]
    Possibly online
    At 18 libraries
    Making diagnosis meaningful : enhancing evaluation and treatment of psychological disorders / edited by James W. Barron
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 349.338)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 349.338)

  3. Female of the species
    Watson, Maureen
    Queensland Journal of Labour History, The
    [ Article, Book : 1994-2009 ]
    Languages: English;Undetermined, [1 other]
    View online (conditions apply)
    Female of the species
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 223.513)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 223.513)

  4. Approaches to teaching the Arthurian tradition / edited by Maureen Fries and Jeanie Watson
    Watson, Jeanie, 1943-
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    At 7 libraries
    Approaches to teaching the Arthurian tradition / edited by Maureen Fries and Jeanie Watson
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 174.751)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 174.751)

  1. [Maureen Watson : Australian Art and Artists file]
    [ Published ]
    At State Library VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 665.648)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 665.648)

  2. [Biographical cuttings on Maureen Watson, author, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 507.625)

  3. Papers
    Timlin, John, 1938-
    [ Unpublished : 1972-1992 ]
    At State Library VIC
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.16)

  1. "Honourable ancestors: John Kionut and Maureen Watson"
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2001 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    "Honourable ancestors: John Kionut and Maureen Watson"
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  2. Maureen Watson, the Yirrkala Big Band & Bringing the Photographs Home
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2003 ]
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    At ABC Radio National
    Maureen Watson, the Yirrkala Big Band & Bringing the Photographs Home
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 582.919)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 582.919)

  3. Seminar: Maureen Watson, Story Teller
    Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
    [ Video, Sound : 1987 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 572.768)

  4. Teila Watson is Ancestress
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 1000-2017 ]
    At ABC Radio National
    Teila Watson is Ancestress
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 215.259)

  1. Middle Park Murders
    Middle Park Murders
    Created by kgch, 12 items.

    24the February 1897 - Margret Eleanor Watson

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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 106.404)

  2. MONTGOMERY family
    MONTGOMERY family
    Created by Tracey59, 34 items.

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  3. LOVIS - Broken Hill
    LOVIS - Broken Hill
    Created by Obree, 92 items.

    Comprised of the Newspaper articles of the LOVIS family in Broken Hill, New South Wales.

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.046)

    This resource may have relevance to your query (score: 0.046)

  1. In memoriam: Maureen Frances Watson 1931-2009 [Obituary]
    Gwyther, Sheryl
    Queensland Journal of Labour History
    [ Article : 2009 ]
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  2. Aunty Maureen Watson: 9 November 1931 - 4 January 2009
    Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
    [ Article : 2009 ]
    View online (conditions apply)
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  3. Aunty Maureen Watson: 9 November 1931 - 4 January 2009
    Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal
    [ Article : 2009 ]
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  4. "But most certainly I am aboriginal." (story teller Maureen Watson) (Interview)
    Levy, Bronwen
    Hecate
    [ Article : 1991 ]
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