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Muriel Bamblett AM 

A spirited and intellectual force for change.

Born 1953

Adjunct Professor Muriel Bamblett is a Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Wurrung woman who has made an outstanding contribution to Aboriginal welfare, particularly in the area of child and family services. Born in Carlton in 1953, Muriel was one of nine children. Her parents were Olive Smith Harrison (later Jackson) from Cummeragunja and Eric Harrison of Lake Tyers.

After some time in Queensland, Muriel returned to Victoria in 1991. This was a fortuitous year for Muriel, as it was when she met her soul mate and life partner, Alf Bamblett. With Alf’s encouragement and support, Muriel began to work more proactively for the rights and welfare of Aboriginal people.


In 1999 Muriel became the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), having been its chair from 1997 to 1999. Since leading the VACCA team, Muriel has expanded the breadth and depth of services for Aboriginal children in need. Muriel Bamblett is an inspiring person, truly committed to the welfare of Aboriginal people.

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