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Doug Marmion receives Public Service Medal

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Date: 24 May 2021

CoEDL Research Affiliate Doug Marmion, of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), received a Public Service Medal in 2021

“for outstanding public service through the strengthening of Indigenous language infrastructure.”

Doug has spent his career learning about Indigenous languages and developing strategies for their maintenance and revival. Early in his career, Doug worked with speakers of languages in the region surrounding Geraldton, WA. He obtained his PhD from the ANU in 2010 with a grammar of the Papuan language Wutung. He joined AIATSIS in 2010 and currently coordinates the AIATSIS Dictionaries Project — a program that publishes dictionaries for Indigenous languages from across Australia.

In recent years, Doug has worked alongside members of the Ngunnawal community in Canberra as part of extensive and ongoing efforts to revive their language. He worked with Ngunnawal Elder and language custodian Tyronne Bell to translate the Australian National Anthem into Ngunnawal. Doug is also part of the team that developed an Acknowledgement of Country in Ngunnawal language. With this team, he helps to teach the acknowledgement to ministers, parliamentarians, and senior public servants, and to advocate for in-language acknowledgements to be developed and used more broadly.

Congratulations Doug, and thank you for your valuable work!

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University