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'Because I lived in a very poor area of Fitzroy in the sixties and seventies - for Aboriginal people, poor white people and migrants' - privacy was a privilege that only a few had' - Tony Birch 

Join Magistrate Abigail Burchill in conversation with distinguished Australian Author Dr Tony Birch as he reflects on his experiences growing up Aboriginal in Melbourne.

This final Koori twilight in our 2021 series marking the 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody will explore what has changed for those living on society's margins and what remains the same.

This event is supported by the Judicial Officers' Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee (JOACAC). 

While this program is designed for judicial officers, the learning outcomes may be appropriate for some non-judicial roles. Please contact us to express your interest in attending. 

Location

Zoom Webinar

Dr Tony Birch

Dr Tony Birch

Dr Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he released Whisper Songs, a poetry anthology and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night.

Magistrate Burchill

Magistrate Abigail Burchill

Magistrate Burchill is a member of the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner groups having grown up in Shepparton. She studied Law/Arts at the University of Melbourne and worked as a solicitor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) before joining the Victorian Bar in October 2011 until her appointment in 2017.  She is a past President of Tarwirri (the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria) and Deputy Chair of the Indigenous Justice Committee of the Victorian Bar.

Dr Tony Birch

Dr Tony Birch

Dr Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He has published three novels; The White Girl, Ghost River and Blood. He is also the author of Shadowboxing and short story collections, Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People. In 2017 he was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award for his contribution to Australian literature. In 2021 he released Whisper Songs, a poetry anthology and a new short story collection, Dark As Last Night.

Magistrate Burchill

Magistrate Abigail Burchill

Magistrate Burchill is a member of the Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner groups having grown up in Shepparton. She studied Law/Arts at the University of Melbourne and worked as a solicitor with the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) before joining the Victorian Bar in October 2011 until her appointment in 2017.  She is a past President of Tarwirri (the Indigenous Law Students and Lawyers Association of Victoria) and Deputy Chair of the Indigenous Justice Committee of the Victorian Bar.