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About The Rona Tranby Trust

Recording and Preserving Indigenous Australian Histories

The Rona Tranby Trust supports the recording and preservation of Indigenous Australian histories. The Trust has established The Rona Tranby Award and Collection.

To date the Rona Tranby Trust has given 26 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.  Awards of up to $10,000 are given and applicants are assessed on their merits by the Trustees of the Rona Tranby Trust.

The ‘Rona Tranby Collection’ is an ongoing, work in progress consisting of all the works that have been funded by the Trust, a repository of stories and experiences that can enrich all Australians and even those from other parts of the world who would seek to understand our ancient land and broad cultural traditions.


A video outlining Rona Tranby Award & Collection and our recent projects

This Australian Light Horse Travelling Exhibition tells the story of an untold group of Indigenous WWI Light Horsemen.
We need your help to expand the exhibition and to ensure that we can spread this story around the nation, as well as support new Rona Tranby Projects.

Watch here

Rona Tranby grant recipients attending the Commemoration Ceremony of the 11th Light Horse Charge at Semakh (Tzemach)

25 September 2019 marks 101 years since the Battle of Semakh, a mounted charge at Semakh railway station by the 11th Light Horse. Rona Tranby Trust grant recipients attended the ceremony in Semakh to honour their ancestors, and Indigenous diggers who served in WW1.

A growing collection of significant cultural importance

To date twenty-five (25) diverse and valuable projects have been supported across Australia.
These exciting projects have resulted in a number of published books, audio and video recordings and an exhibition and play.


Following in Our Ancestors' Footsteps

A sneak peak at the new documentary titled ‘Travelling in our Ancestors’ Footsteps’ that was produced by the Rona Tranby Trust. It records the important Centenary Ceremony that commemorated the sacrifice of the Indigenous Australian soldiers of WWI. The film highlights the stories of several descendants of those soldiers and the family history that led to their involvement in the pivotal “Battle of Beersheba”.

Rona Tranby on the Television

The documentary aired on NITV on 11th and 12th November 2018, “Truth Be Told Lest We Forget”, follows 4 of the Rona Tranby Trust Australian Light Horse Project participants and brings to light the stories of their ancestors who served in the Sinai-Palestine conflict during WWI. If you missed this very moving and important documentary, you can watch it at SBS Australia NITV On Demand (you can create a free account if you don’t already have one).


'Truth Be Told Lest We Forget' documentary

Rona Tranby in the News

Recent articles in local and international media about the Rona Tranby Award and our current project.

The Rona Tranby Trust supports The Uluru Statement from the Heart. VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.