Adelaide 2012 women's luncheon program

The Long Walk is pleased to present these special guests at our Women's Luncheon in Adelaide on Friday 3 August



Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement

In December 2010, Khatija Thomas was appointed by the Governor as Co-Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement in South Australia
Ms Thomas was born in Port Augusta and is a proud Kokatha woman.

Directly prior to her appointment as Commissioner, she was a solicitor with the South Australian Native Title Services, working on projects to strengthen Aboriginal community governance, participation in and implementation of native title benefits.

She previously worked for the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and also completed a twelve month Australian Youth Ambassador for Development placement as a legal advisor at the Community Legal Education Centre in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her work was primarily in the Land and Natural Resources Team on indigenous land titling, land law and natural resources law issues.

For the last few years, Ms Thomas has focused on delivery of legal representation and advocacy for Aboriginal women. She has travelled to rural and remote communities in the north of South Australia where she has provided advice, advocacy and community legal education to Aboriginal women regarding domestic violence and community safety.

She was previously chairperson of the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, member of the Law Society of South Australia’s Indigenous Issues Committee and member of the South Australian Government’s Aboriginal Advisory Council.
She has also been a DEEWR Indigenous Ambassador and is a member of the South Australian Aboriginal Education Consultative Body. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Public and International Law through the University of Melbourne.

Khatija now continues in the role as Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement in a full-time capacity.




Theatre maker, playwright, poet and performer, Eva Knowles Johnson was born at Daly River in the Northern territory. A member of the Mulak Mulak people, along with her brother and sister she is one of the Stolen Generation. All three were relocated to Croker Island as young children. Eva was at the age of nine, when she was transferred to an Adelaide orphanage.

Starting in nursing, she then began writing in the late 1970’s, and was part of the Wujuruki Theatre Company formed in the early 1980’s. Her first produced play Tjinderella was a changing point in her life. Presented at the First National Aboriginal Women’s Arts Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival in 1984. The early 1980’s also saw Eva appear in the award winning television mini-series –Women of the Sun that had a great influence on her decision to continue writing.

 Eva continued to write plays into the 1990’s, with titles including Heart Beat of the Earth, Two Bob in the Quid, What Do They Call Me and Mimini’s Voices –produced by Magpie Theatre Company, and later restaged at the Hiroshima Arts Festival in Japan where it won the Festival Peace Prize awarded by the Lord Mayor of Hiroshima. She has received a number of awards for her work, including the Australia’s Council inaugural Red Ochre Award celebrating her achievements as a playwright, poet, director, actor and teacher. 
Eva is still living in Adelaide today and continues her work as a guest speaker at various educational institutions.  


The year’s music will be performed by the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music ensemble. The light jazzy and soulful songs of CASM students Ellie Lovegrove, Eleanor Lange and Cassandra Williams will be accompanied by James Stanly.


Ellie Lovegrove – Featured Performer
Born and raised in Adelaide and a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri nation, Ellie Lovegrove is a rising star. In 2011 Ellie qualified for Channel 7’s X-Factor boot camp and reached the SA finals of “The Road to Tamworth”, Ellie’s singing style varies in genres, and her musical talent ranges from Country to R & B. Ellie’s fanbase is ever growing with her extensive performing. Look out for this emerging artist, she’s set for a big future in music! Ellie is currently studying at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music.


Eleanor Lange – Featured Performer
Information to come


James Stanley – Accompanying Artist
James Stanley is an Adnamathana/Kalkadoon man from Port Augusta, currently studying at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music. Having spent time under the tutelage of percussionist and performer Jardine Kiwat, James has displayed his talents performing as part of the CASM Soul Band, the Eddie Peters Band, as well as being a founding member of award winning heavy metal group MISM, who in 2011 came 3rd in the National Campus Band Competition.


The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music
The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) is proud to showcase the talents of these outstanding young emerging artists. CASM staff members Grayson Rotumah and Anthony Pak Poy will join the featured performers and accompanying artist for this performance.


The Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music (CASM) at the University of Adelaide offers a nationally focused program of tertiary-level music studies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians. Graduates and past students have achieved success in performing, composing, and recording careers. The Centre maintains strong community and industry links through its many public performances, tours and workshops, both within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and in the wider community.