Annie Ross is a tireless advocate for the involvement of Aboriginal communities in the management of their cultural heritage. She has pursued this agenda through community-based research projects, lectures, publications, critical analysis of and input into the creation of legislation. For example:
- With the Quandamooka Aboriginal Land Council, Annie documented the Aboriginal cultural heritage of North Stradbroke and Peel Islands over eight years. Community members were involved in every step of the research process by ongoing consultation, visits to excavations, involvement in analysing midden shell in the University of Queensland laboratories, joint publications and conference presentations, and organising Aboriginal community members to participate in and contribute to AAA conferences.
- Brian Tobane of the Gummingurru Trust says ‘Annie has worked with them in re-establishing Gummingurru as a place of learning. Annie has helped the traditional custodians to express and action their desire to engage with the wider community through education’.
- Patricia O’Connor of The Yugambeh Museum Language and Heritage Research Centre said that the student visits organised by Annie enabled the Museum to ‘engage directly with students who have the potential to become the cultural heritage managers of the future and therefore allows us to have an impact on the frameworks under which management paradigms operate within Yugambeh country’.
Annie has made and continues to make an invaluable contribution to Aboriginal cultural heritage practices and outcomes in Australia.