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Training for Aboriginal potters



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GB/ 119 P ARLI AMENT OF AUSTRALI A

MI N I S T E R FOR A B O R I G I N A L A F F A I R S

Parliament House, Canberra, A C T. 2600

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS,

MR. GORDON BRYANT. '

TRAINING FOR ABORIGINAL POTTERS '

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, A master potter from Sydney is to spend five weeks from

the end of November with Aborigines in Gerard, South Australia, teaching them pottery and helping to set up a kiln.

The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Mr Gordon Bryant, said tonight the potter, Miss Belinda See, had worked similarly with two other Aboriginal communities last year, at Bathurst Island and Indulkana, South Australia, with great success.

She is at present on the teaching staff at Frensham School, Mittagongo

Mr Bryant said an Aboriginal member of the Gerard Community Council, Mr, Jerry Mason, who is himself interested in pottery making, initiated the scheme for which he had approved a grant of $3,250;. . . .

This wcfuld cover the cost of the kiln and gas to fire it, kick wheels, clays, glazes and tuition.

" It is hoped that pottery making will be a means of income for the Gerard people in line with the Government's policy >" of providing gainful work for Aborigines dispirited by a lack of employment opportunities',' the Minister said,

" A pilot project in jewellery making now under way in Jigalong, Western Australia, was started for the same reasons and may be the forerunner of similar projects at other Aboriginal communities','

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