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Statement From Minister Gavin Jennings

20 September 2019

We’re deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Aunty Dorothy ‘Dot’ Peters.

She was a much-loved mother and grandmother. And as a champion for reconciliation, she changed this state for the better.

Each year on 31 May, we gather at the Shrine of Remembrance to pay tribute to the Aboriginal men and women who fought in service to the state.

We do that because of Aunty Dot and her resolve to honour her father, who died in service as a prisoner of war on the Thai Burma railway.

Aunty Dot was an educator who taught at primary school and was instrumental in bringing cultural awareness to curriculums across the state.

She has been an icon for reconciliation for decades. Every day, she worked to build respect and understanding between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Her service to the Aboriginal community has rightly been acknowledged with a slew of formal awards, including being named a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

We remember her with the Aunty Dot Peters Awards, which was recently established to provide financial support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Year 9 and 10.

We extend our deepest condolences to her family.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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