about the rona Tranby TRUST 

The Rona Tranby Trust was established on 2nd September 1991 from a bequest in the Will of Thomas Paul Rona. The bequest enabled the trustees to establish The Rona Tranby Award and Collection. The Trust supports the recording and preservation of Indigenous Australian oral history.

To date the Rona Tranby Trust has given Awards to support a range of projects across Australia. Each award plants a seed that continues to grow over the years and helps to preserve stories important to all Australians.

Rona Tranby Awards are granted through the Rona Tranby Trust that is a collaboration of representatives from Tranby Aboriginal College, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies and the Trustees of the Estate of Thomas Rona.

The Ronas were Holocaust survivors who lost many family members in the Nazi camps. Both were committed social justice activists, taking a keen role in raising awareness of the Holocaust within the non-Jewish community.  As members of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies they were active in promoting inter-ethnic harmony.

Tranby Aboriginal College is an independent college run by the Co-operative for Aborigines Ltd, providing a wide range of adult educational services to Australia’s Indigenous communities. 


The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is the roof body of the NSW Jewish community, including representatives from 61 cultural, educational, welfare and religious Jewish organisations. 


Awards of up to $10,000 are given and applications are assessed on their merits by the Trustees of the Rona Tranby Trust.

write to us

Rona Tranby
Award & Collection

Level 4
Culwulla Chambers
67 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000