The extraordinary life, legacy and ongoing contribution of Aunty Pat Miller AO was recognised this week with the installation of her portrait at the Women’s Museum of Australia.
Professor Jonathan Craig and Associate Professor Simone Tur joined leading Aboriginal women, members of Aunty Pat’s family, the Poche SA+NT team and Flinders staff at the ceremony, officially handing over the portrait to the Museum.
“It is a great honour to have delivered this portrait to its final home,” Professor Craig said.
“It’s a privilege to honour the ongoing contribution of Aunty Pat in our community, both the community of Alice Springs as well as the Flinders community.”
Dr Al Strangeways was commissioned by the Government House Foundation NT to create the portrait in recognition of her dedication and service over 19 years as Deputy to the NT Administrator.
The Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO sent a message to be read at the ceremony, thanking Aunty Pat for her service.
The official installation here followed the unveiling of the portrait on 6th July 2022 at the Dr Pat Miller Oration held during NAIDOC week.
“The portrait captures the spark and poise of Aunty Pat – some of the key qualities that have made her a much loved and respected figure in Alice Springs,” Professor Craig said.
Aunty Pat continues to be an inspiring leader for the whole Alice Springs community, Poche SA+NT Director Associate Professor Maree Meredith said.
“Aunty Pat provides an extraordinary depth of insight, peerless networks and wisdom drawing on her life and achievements in central Australia,” Associate Professor Meredith said.
“She continues to provide guidance to Flinders and opportunities to work with community through her contribution to the upcoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan and the work of Poche SA+NT.
“Most importantly, she is a beautiful human, inside and out. Every day we get to work alongside Aunty Pat puts a smile on your face.”