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 Amanda Ahern

Amanda Ahern

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Amanda Ahern was born in Cairns in North Queensland, 1953 and grew up in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Brisbane. On leaving school, she worked as a law clerk but soon decided that she wanted to see the world. After travelling in Europe, North Africa, India, Indonesia and the United States for 8 years she returned home to Australia in 1982. On her return she studied massage, meditation and healing practices, developing her keen interest in the Human Potential Movement. In 1993 she turned to Anthropology, a lifelong passion.
Amanda completed her Arts Degree in Anthropology and Spanish Language at the University of Queensland in 1998, culminating 6 years of study with 2 and a half years of fieldwork on Mornington Island Aboriginal community. As the Muyinda Aboriginal Corporation’s artefact coordinator she developed lifelong friendships with her employers. Her first book evolved from these relationships with the Muyinda elders. Paint-Up is a collaborative effort, generating cultural awareness through promotion of Muyinda art, stories and history. Amanda applied her coordination skills over three years to create the collection of designs and stories, exhibit them with the support of Arts Queensland and produce a book that is a cultural resource document for the community. She is now living in Brisbane, working on another book on the stories of the stockmen of Mornington Island, and their contribution to the history of Queensland.