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Collins, Lily Jane

LilyJane Collins is of Thursday Island and Japanese descent. She grew up on Thursday Island and graduated as a teacher from James Cook University in 1983. She is currently teaching at the primary school on Thursday Island. Her mother ensured that the family was well acquainted with her Islander language, culture, customs and kinship network. By bringing her culture to the classroom, she has tried to impart this knowledge to non-indigenous teachers, students and parents. She views Betty and Bala and the Proper Big Pumpkin (UQP 1996), which she co-wrote with Lorraine Berolah and Noel Cristaudo, as an extension of this activity.