Aunty Fran Bodkin

Frances Bodkin is a descendant of the D’harawal people of the Bidiagal clan. She is an educator of D’harawal knowledge and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with five majors, including Environmental Sciences, and further postgraduate degrees. Combining the knowledge passed down from her Aboriginal mother with her University education she holds a holistic understanding of the natural environment and ways to care for it. Bodkin has published three books on D’harawal culture, stories and natural resources. She is an active member of Wollondilly Aboriginal Advisory Committee and has played a key role in the Campbelltown Hospital, Campbelltown TAFE, Mount Annan Botanic Gardens (part of the Australian Botanic Gardens) and what is now the UWS Campbelltown Campus.