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by | February 15, 2017

Bill Bunbury honoured with Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

William Hedley (Bill) BUNBURY WA a well known and much respected Life Member of Oral History Australia received the Medal of the Order of Australia, General Division in January 2017 for service to the broadcast media, and to the Indigenous community of Western Australia.

Bill's extensive service includes:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): Broadcaster and Television Presenter, 1969-2007.
Collected oral history recordings for the Goomalling Yarns and Spirit of Yagan community arts projects, assisted Nyungar people to record their cultural history Community Arts Network Western Australia.
Interviewer, National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, interviews with former Radio and Television staff who have worked in the industry, 2013.

He is author of a range of publications including:

Invisible Country, Southwest Australia: Understanding a Landscape (Perth, The University of Western Australia Publishing, 2015)
Till the stream runs dry: A history of hydrography in Western Australia (Perth, Department of Water, Government of Western Australia, 2010)
Caught in time: Talking Australian History (Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2006).
It's not the money it's the land: Aboriginal Stockmen and the Equal Wages Case (North Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2002)
Timber for gold: Life on the Goldfields Woodlines 1899-1965 (Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2002).
Unfinished Business: Reconciliation, the Republic and the Constitution (Sydney, ABC Books, 1998). Rabbits & Spaghetti: Captives and Comrades: Australians, Italians and the War (Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1995).
Cyclone Tracy: Picking up the Pieces (Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press 1994).
Rag, Sticks & Wire: Australians taking to the Air (Sydney, ABC Books, 1993).
Reading labels on Jam Tins: Living Through Difficult Times (Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1993). Co-Author with Ros Bowden,
Being Aboriginal: Comments, Observations and Stories from Aboriginal Australians (Sydney, ABC Enterprises, 1990).

Currently Bill is an Adjunct Professor of History and Media, Murdoch University,WA
Other positions held have been -
Lecturer, Oral History Training for history students, Full Circle Project, University of Western Australia, 2014.
Board Member, Western Australian Social & Cultural History Museum, 1995-1999.
President, Western Australian Branch, Oral History Association of Australia, 1986-1988.

Bill's awards and recognition include:
Recipient, Honorary Doctorate in Literature, Murdoch University, 2008.
Western Australian State Finalist, Senior Australian of the Year, Australian of the Year Awards, 2016. Recipient, Inaugural New South Wales Premier's Award, 1997.
Recipient, Gold Medal, Timber for Gold', New York Radio Festival, 1996. Recipient, United Nations Australia Peace Prize, 'The War Rages On', 1986.