Dr Mickey Dewar oration

Event details

Events and Exhibitions

Date & time

31 May 2022

5:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Nitmiluk Lounge and Dining Room
NT Parliament House
Mitchell Street
Darwin City, 0800



Every second year, a speaker from the NT is invited to give an oration about the history, society or culture of the Northern Territory.

This year's speaker is Patricia Turner AM, CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). The daughter of an Arrernte man and a Gurdanji woman, Pat was raised in Alice Springs. As CEO of NACCHO, she is at the forefront of community efforts to Close the Gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Charlie King OAM will act as the MC for the evening.

Refreshments available from 5:30 pm. Oration commences at 6:00 pm.

Dr Mickey (Michelle) Dewar (1956 – 2017) contributed significantly to the Northern Territory as a respected historian and as a three-term member of the National Archives of Australia Advisory Council, drawing upon her comprehensive knowledge of and passion for Australian history.

As an Advisory Council member, Dr Dewar was a judge of the National Archives' Frederick Watson Fellowship. She also actively contributed to a range of major issues addressed by the Council, including amendments to the Archives Act in 2009 that changed the closed period of records in the National Archives from 30 to 20 years.

The Dr Mickey Dewar Oration is given in her honour.