Deadly Vibe Issue 81
There were some hot nominees in the education category at this year’s Deadlys but of course there could be only one winner.
Tranby Aboriginal College, an independent adult education facility set in charming grounds in Sydney, took out the honour of being declared the deadliest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education in 2003.
Tranby’s acting executive director, Oomera Edwards, said she would find a special place of honour for the Deadly award, which came in the form of a message stick and a Deadly ring mounted on a wooden plaque.
“This is a great honour for Tranby’s students, staff and the co-operative,” Oomera said. “It’s really encouraging and confirms what Tranby’s about and has been about for the past several decades.
“Tranby provides a place for people to meet their educational needs and to network as well. We have a great history in being a space where people can explore their own issues and lots of organisations have grown out of here – Black Deaths in Custody, for instance. Lots of issues have been born here.”
Thousands of students have passed through Tranby’s doors since it opened in 1957. It currently has 123 students working their way through courses in Aboriginal Studies, Development Studies – Aboriginal Communities and National Indigenous Legal Advocacy.
In 1998, Tranby expanded from its Victorian terraces into some brand-new, circular “buildings out the back”, built to express the spirit of Indigenous pride and self-determination, without losing any of the family feel to the college.