Rona Tranby Trust’s goal is to support the recording and preservation of Indigenous Australian oral history. A prior project of the Trust was the Rona Tranby Trust Australian Light Horse Project which acknowledges and honours the Indigenous soldiers of The Australian Light Horse by recording their stories, as told by their descendants.
The exhibition summarising and showcasing the RTT project was first displayed at Tranby College on Armistice Day 2018 and then at Moriah College during National Reconciliation Week in 2019. Displaying the exhibition at Moriah College has inspired the Trust to create a travelling exhibition of the Rona Tranby Trust (RTT) Light Horse Project for schools in Australia as well as at War Memorials and Corporate Campuses
The exhibition will aim to showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives through personal stories in a visual manner. The ‘travelling exhibition’ will be supported by an online portal containing culturally appropriate and meaningful online resources including lesson plans for teachers, videos, documentary films and other learning materials for school use. This engaging format, combining a physical exhibition with online learning resources, enables a deeper connection between students and the subject matter of the exhibition, and deepens their understanding and appreciation for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander perspectives. The exhibition will connect to the national curriculum and encourage critical thinking and empathy.
Waratah Education Foundation facilitated the employment of a part time First Nations Education Officer to commence the project.