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25 January 2018

Meme McDonald, one of Victoria’s most admired and versatile artists, died peacefully two days before Christmas last year at Springhill in the Macedon Ranges.

Meme McDonald

Meme McDonald

Meme, a champion of Indigenous reconciliation, was an award winner author, acclaimed artistic director, performer and photographer, and a valued colleague to many.

She published ten books that received seven national literary awards. My Girragundji and Njunjul the Sun were adapted for stage and toured nationally. Other writings include: A Year on the Wing; co-writing/directing rock musicals Riff-Raff (performed with Men at Work); Xenophobia (performed with Real Life); numerous theatre productions; and, co-writing with Boori Monty Pryor a feature film-script based on My Girragundji. Meme wrote and directed the short film, WarrimaShake a Leg Dance for Youthworx Productions.

Meme was Artistic Director and founding member of WEST Theatre (1979). She directed Waderbirds (1993) staged in Auckland, Aotearoa, Melbourne, Broome and Kurshiro, Japan. Most recently, Meme conceived and was Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Mountain to Mouth, City of Greater Geelong. She served with wisdom and grace on numerous Boards and arts industry committees.

In 2012, Meme received the Ros Bower Award from the Australia Council, the highest accolade in the field of community arts and cultural development.

Friends and colleagues are invited to gather with her family to remember Meme, from 4 pm on 18 February 2018 at the Little Church, 1385 Kyneton-Springhill Road, Springhill.