Dr Margaret Williams Weir Special Event

Today the University of Melbourne acknowledged Dr Williams-Weir, a member of the Malera/Bandjalang People in northern New South Wales, made history in 1957 when she defied the odds to become the first recorded Aboriginal person to enrol in a university course in Australia. The first Aboriginal graduate of an Australian university, Dr Williams-Weir completed her Diploma of Physical Education from the University of Melbourne in 1959 and later completed a Bachelor of Education, an Honours Research Master’s degree and a Doctor of Philosophy. While Dr Williams-Weir is very unwell at the moment, we were joined by her niece Melissa Williams. Special announcements at the event included the naming of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education postgraduate student lounge in Dr Williams-Weir’s honour and also a VC Fellowship in Dr Williams-Weir’s honour.