Robert and Selina Eggington

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Robert Eggington

Robert Eggington is the executive officer of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation. He is a Nyoongah man from Perth, Robert has worked in the Nyoongah community for 32 years. Prior to working at Dumbartung, Robert worked as the co-coordinator of Djurupin living arts centre in Fremantle, Western Australia. Robert’s role includes that of curator and manager,  preparing submissions and directing copyright matters. Robert also co-ordinates Dumbartung’s project initiatives and carries out cross-cultural workshops and delivers lectures’. As part of Robert’s role at Dumbartung, he has published an extensive amount of literature including audio-visual texts on cultural matters.

Robert has spoken and addressed many national and International forums and lectures the following are an example of these forums:

  • Brazil International child care forum
  • Amsterdam Holland mock court trial intellectual property rights forum
  • Belgium Cultural event
  • USA Universities lectures on the Marlo Morgan campaign
  • Murdoch university racism in a global perspective forum
  • Fremantle Maritime museum and gallery – Aboriginal incarceration forum
  • Nyoongah Native Title rally
  • Tjuma forum Old Swan Brewery site forum
  • Sydney N.S.W infant mortality forum

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Selina Eggington

Selina is a Nyoongah woman from the Wheat belt town of Narrogin in Western Australia. Selina has worked at the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation for the past seven years as the co-ordinator of the Kootamiara (“healthy”)Quab (“strong”) Women’s Healing Program. Selina has worked with many community women, empowering them to make positive choices in their lives. Selina also assists in delivering lectures to the various groups that visit Dumbartung, as well as helping to prepare submissions.

Dumbartung also employs a part-time accountant who report directly to the co-ordinator and chairperson.

Dumbartung was registered as the first Aboriginal organisation in Australia to establish an internet website.

Dumbartung Aboriginal …
news.ninemsn.com.au, 20 May 2013 [cached]

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation executive officerRobert Eggington will present a list of outcomes from the meeting with the Commissioner for Mental Health Eddie Bartnik and others to Premier Colin Barnett later on Tuesday.

Concerns to be raised at the meeting included the alarming number of Nyoongahs taking their own lives.

“It’s an absolute epidemic,” Mr Eggington told ABC radio on Tuesday.

“It’s obviously really worrying in the last three to four months with the spate of suicides that have ravaged our community and families.”

He said other concerns included high rates of incarceration among Aboriginal men and indigenous impoverishment in an otherwise affluent nation.

“Nyoongah men per head per population are the highest imprisoned men on the planet,” Mr Eggington said.

The Pendulum Swings for Cultural Rights
www.dumbartung.org.au, 28 Feb 2013 [cached]

This situation had to be overcome by Robert Eggington, Director of Dumbartung (Perth centre for protecting the integrity of Aboriginal Culture), when he began the journey in 1994 to unite his people in the face of continuing appropriation of their Cultural property.

Like most Australians, Eggington believes in freedom of speech. Although as an Aboriginal person he has been denied this right it is basic to his own heritage. And he knows that fiction writers are free to say what they like.

Eggington went everywhere, and if you think he had limitless resources think again. Dumbartung is funded by ATSIC : $90,000 annually, covering salaries for a staff of three, office equipment and running costs. Not lavish.

In Los Angeles alone, Eggington received 500 calls from the media in five days.

As Eggington says, “The fight for Aboriginal Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights now has its own momentum: The Pendulum is swinging. Its up to Indigenous People themselves to keep it swinging”. “May our Campfires burn forever”, herepeats. They will, Robert, as long as people like you are around to fan the flames.

Dumbartung Second Report
www.dumbartung.org.au, 1 Mar 2006 [cached]

ROBERT EGGINGTON COORDINATOR DUMBARTUNG ABORIGINAL CORPORATION

‘As Aboriginal cultural arts maintain an extensive and varying interest to many western countries, it is imperative to strengthen our commitment to the central need of working towards the empowerment of the rights of ownership of our people over the oldest living culture of the most ancient land mass on the face of the earth.’ Robert Eggington 1995.

Profile of Robert Eggington.

Robert Eggington is a Noongah man form the southwest of Western Australia. The traditional heritage of his people is embedded in the south west forest regions. The word ‘Noongah’ means ‘person’, by which collectively the Aboriginal people of the southwest region identify themselves and their homelands. As the coordinator of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, Mr Robert Eggington organises strategies to oppose cultural appropration and exploitation. Before compiling the present and the previous reports, he has travelled extensively through outback regions, consulting with Aboriginal people about their response to the

Book “Mutant Message Downunder”. In early 1996 Mr Eggington led a delegation of elder respresentatives to the United States, to formally protest the content and implication of “Mutant Message Downunder”.

Mr Robert Eggington addressed the press conference, initially giving a comprehensive overview of the issue and the need for a unified Aboriginal voice of protest against cultural exploitation and appropriation. Mr Eggington’s opening address was followed by each elder outlining the concerns from their respective region.

Mr Robert Eggington opened the press conference with discussion on the damaging implications of the book, he then continued to speak of the appropriation and distortion of Aboriginal culture to fit the extremely profitable New-Age literature market. Each Elder then addressed the media to convey the direct effect this book has on the people in their region. The female delegates, in their address to the media, highlighted the ludicrous and offensive nature of Morgan’s claim that, as a non-Aboriginal American woman, she is the custodial owner of the knowledge and location of the sacred site to which – she stated – she was granted permission to enter and learn the meaning of life.

Robert Eggington began the discussion with Marlo Morgan, then each elder addressed her in turn about their respective regional concerns regarding “Mutant Message Downunder”.

In response to the meeting being cancelled, Robert Eggington informed United Artists that if the movie were to go ahead, and was to be filmed in Australia, the studio could expect mass protest from both Aboriginal people and the Australian film industry, not to mention extensive casting problems.

Robert Eggington was invited to speak at a street rally in front of the government building in San Francisco.

Robert Eggington presented the declaration “Jangga Meenya Bomunggurr” and then further discussed the issues raised by “Mutant Messages Downunder”.

Dumbartung Aboriginal …
www.indymedia.org.au, 5 Mar 2012 [cached]

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation’s Robert Eggington and John Pell were in Perth city on planning duties for the March 28 Stolen Wages march and rally when Mr Eggington was urged on by a spiritual sense and looked at Mr Pell, “Johnny, lets go to the Embassy.”

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation’s Robert Eggington and John Pell were in Perth city on planning duties for the March 28 Stolen Wages march and rally when Mr Eggington was urged on by a spiritual sense and looked at Mr Pell, “Johnny, lets go to the Embassy.”

Nyoongar rights advocate and CEO of Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation, Robert Eggington has gathered together with several prominent Nyoongars, and a large number of the Nyoongar community, to announce their own Native Title proposals for the state government to consider.

protest | Indymedia Australia
www.indymedia.org.au, 27 Mar 2012 [cached]

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation’s Robert Eggington and John Pell were in Perth city on planning duties for the March 28 Stolen Wages march and rally when Mr Eggington was urged on by a spiritual sense and looked at Mr Pell, “Johnny, lets go to the Embassy.”

Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation’s Robert Eggington and John Pell were in Perth city on planning duties for the March 28 Stolen Wages march and rally when Mr Eggington was urged on by a spiritual sense and looked at Mr Pell, “Johnny, lets go to the Embassy.”

8 thoughts on “Robert and Selina Eggington

  1. How can I help the Aboriginal people Robert? I am a white man from Wales in the UK. I must be honest and say I am ashamed to be white. I love people of all ages, color and creed. Can I help in anyway? I love you all.

    1. help Robert and Selina Eggington and aboriginal people by doing the following. Dumbartung is still under threat of closing down despite records signing the petition to save it. Support Dumbartung by contacting the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion for funding from the extended introduced IAS funding offers at PO Box 6100 Senate Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600. Telephone 02 6277 7780 Fax 02 6273 7096 or e mail senator.scullion@aph.gov.au this is an urgent request and a way support can be shown! one of the few grassroots aboriginal healing centers to help people cope with suicide and the apartheid that causes it as well as celebrating aboriginal culture and teaching people the true history of Australia. share this with as many people as possible.

    2. after watching this please help! You can make a donation to Dumbartung at https://www.patreon.com/dumbartung?ty=h and for those who’ve seen Utopia and are familiar with John Pilger’s other documentaries the shed a huge light on the mistreatment of aboriginal people please help Robert Eggington and aboriginal people by doing the following. Dumbartung a memorial/historical/cultural/and healing center is still under threat of closing down despite records signing the petition to save it. Support Dumbartung by contacting the Minister for Indigenous Affairs Nigel Scullion for funding from the extended introduced IAS funding offers at PO Box 6100 Senate Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600. Telephone 02 6277 7780 Fax 02 6273 7096 or e mail senator.scullion@aph.gov.au this is an urgent request and a way support can be shown! one of the few grassroots aboriginal healing centers to help people cope with suicide and the apartheid that causes it as well as celebrating aboriginal culture and teaching people the true history of Australia. you can contact the ILC The Indigenous Land Council or Indigenous Land Corporation directly to express your concern not to close Dumbartung down. ilcinfo@ilc.gov.au help the Nyoogah people by helping Dumbartung/Kyana stay conserved and not have its operations halt over a stupid rental agreement you can contact the ILC by phone at the following numbers ILC Public Affairs Branch – 08 8100 7100 and Free Call: 1800 818 490

  2. e-mail the ILC (Indigenous Land Corporation) to demand Dumbartung/Kyana be conserved for not only their extraordinary historical/cultural/memorial museum, but their healing centers for those who are incarcerated for their poverty and skin color, aboriginal women who are victims of domestic violence, and those desperate for healing because a loved one or friend or acquaintance committed suicide because of the institutional racism placed on aboriginal people. If one wants to help end the bogus history wars and belive the struggle against history is memory against forgetting then please e-mail the ILC at ilcinfo@ilc.gov.au and tell them to conserve Dumbartung. ilcinfo@ilc.gov.au

  3. People can also call these two numbers of the Indigenous Land Corporation to demand Dumbartung be conserved, protected, and demand a more appropriate funding, so along with signing the petition and e-mailing the ILC, you can also contact them by phone by calling these number ILC Public Affairs Branch – 08 8100 7100 and Free Call: 1800 818 490 to demand Dumbartung be conserved and not close down.

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