Legend of Aunty Olga lives on
IF HER legend was unknown before yesterday’s USQ unveiling, late Butchulla elder Aunty Olga Miller would have cut a familiar and delightful figure in the minds of many afterwards.
The life and literary works of the Maryborough native, who strove to improve opportunities for indigenous education, will be celebrated for years to come after the official opening of a commemorative garden at the Fraser Coast campus of USQ.
“Mam always believed in education,” son Wayne Miller said.
Her other son, Glen, took the audience on an emotional journey back in time into their Queen Street home.
“Somehow, Mam had to come up with a pictorial way of showing stories. All those designs and creations were her own.”
University lecturer Rhonda Harwood, retiring after eight years at the university, also brought Aunty Olga back to life for a few magical moments.
“She was so thrilled to be in the same room as Wayne Bennett,” she remembered her friend’s reaction to being named a Queensland Great by Peter Beattie in 2002.
She was equally excited when USQ bestowed her with an honorary degree in 2003. “I’m not taking the gown off. I’m going to sleep in it,” she had said.
The garden, part-funded by an $11,000 Q150 grant, was opened by Bay MP Ted Sorensen.