Patsy Cameron AO is a Tasmanian Aboriginal elder who has spent the past 45 years working to improve access to education for Aboriginal Tasmanians, and promoting and preserving Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage.
Patsy grew up on Flinders Island and can trace her Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage through her mother’s line to four ancestral grandmothers—pleenpereener, wyerlooberer and teekoolterme from the northeast Coastal Plains nation, and pollerelbener from the east coast Oyster Bay nation. At the head of her family is teekoolterme’s father, the revered pairrebeener clansman and formidable warrior leader, mannalargenna.
Patsy was the first Tasmanian to be appointed to the landmark National Aboriginal Education Committee, and she helped establish the Aboriginal Studies course at the University of Tasmania, and the Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education. She is also the author of the celebrated book, Grease and Ochre: The Blending of Two Cultures at the Colonial Sea Frontier (2008).
Patsy was awarded the Order of Australia in 2017 in recognition of her decades of service and commitment to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community.