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Glynn, Freda (1939 - )

Born
1939
Northern Territory, Australia
Occupation
Journalist, Radio Journalist and Television Journalist

Summary

Freda Glynn is co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association Group of Companies (CAAMA).

Details

Freda Glynn spent her early childhood in and around Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. She was one of forty children to be evacuated from Alice Springs during World War Two following Japanese advances into the Pacific, particularly the bombing of Darwin and Katharine. With her mother and sister, she travelled via Melbourne to a Church Missionary Society evacuee camp in the Blue Mountains.

In 1980, with John Macumba and Philip Batty, Freda Glynn co-founded the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association Group of Companies (CAAMA). CAAMA incorporates Imparja, the first Aboriginal commercial television station, which commenced broadcasting in 1988 in Alice Springs and was chaired by Glynn for a time. Imparja was responsible for broadcasting Urrpeye, an Aboriginal current affairs program. Freda Glynn also established the first licensed Aboriginal radio station, Radio 8KIN FM, broadcasting in regional languages. In 2002, she played Grandma Nina in the short film Shit Skin, a drama about a young man who takes his grandmother back to the place of her childhood so that she can reconnect with her surviving family. In May of that year, Glynn received the Award for Contribution to Indigenous Media at the Third Tudawali Indigenous Film and Video Awards held at the Sydney Opera House.

Events

c. 1980 - c. 2000
Career in journalism active
2002
Tudawali Indigenous Film and Video Awards - Award for Contribution to Indigenous Media

Sources used to compile this entry: http://www.cbonline.org.au/index.cfm?pageId=14,41,3,509 (for history of CAAMA); http://www.pioneerwomen.com.au/makewaves.htm; http://australianscreen.com.au.

Archival resources

AIATSIS Pictorial Archive

  • School girls from St Mary's home in Alice Springs, 1986, GLYNN.F1.CS (91215-91216); Glynn, Erica; AIATSIS Pictorial Archive. Details

AIATSIS Print Archive

  • Edited transcripts of proceedings of the Media and Indigenous Australians Conference: Parkroyal Hotel, Brisbane, 16 and 17 February 1993, 1993, B M489.05/E1; Media and Indigenous Australians Conference; AIATSIS Print Archive. Details
  • Pitjantjatjara hits the airwaves, 1985, p CHR, acc no. p 15592; Chryssides, Helen; AIATSIS Print Archive. Details
  • Training agreement with CAAMA/Imparja, 1988, S 37.1/26; AIATSIS Print Archive. Details

AIATSIS Recorded Sound Archive

  • Oral history interviews in Alice Springs, Wattie Creek and Darwin, NT, 1989, CROFT_J01; Croft, Joe; AIATSIS Recorded Sound Archive. Details
  • Sound recordings collected by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, 1980-1992, 1981 - 1992; CAAMA; AIATSIS Recorded Sound Archive. Details

Barbara Lemon

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