The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
2019 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee
Lillian BurkeState: Queensland
Lillian Burke is a tireless and inspirational champion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A Butchulla woman with a Kabi Kabi connection, she is adopted elder for Gympie school, runs the annual NAIDOC celebrations and Sorry Day, and volunteers for a wide range of charities up to five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week.
Aunty Lillian Burke is a tireless and inspirational champion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. She's participated in 100 boards, committees and consultancy groups, devoting up to five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week, to volunteering.
Lillian is President of Cooloola Aboriginal Services, Gympie State High School's adopted elder and mentor, and runs the annual NAIDOC celebrations, Sorry Day and other significant days in Gympie.
With Fraser Island's Indigenous Advisory Committee, she helped Aboriginal rangers create a cultural heritage database, was involved with a leadership camp for Indigenous high-school girls, a healthy-eating program for young mums, and a program for foster carers of Aboriginal children. Her outstanding efforts were recognised with Volunteering Queensland's Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering Award in 2016. Aunty Lillian has also been named an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
A Butchulla woman with a Kabi Kabi connection, Lillian was forcibly removed from her family as a child and forced to live in a girls' institution. Despite these traumatic events, she has devoted much of her life to serving her community.