by Gayle Mather
Vince Coulthard this is your life
About a hundred and fifty people went to Ikara Wilpena for a surprise “This is your Life” event for Vince Coulthard. People travelled from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Millicent, Port Augusta and across the region.
Vince thought he was going to an event to celebrate the fact that his daughter was the first Adnyamathanha person to become a Senior Manager at Wilpena, she is now the second in charge at Wilpena but as the celebration started, in true “This is your Life” fashion the host for the day Clinton Dadleh, changed the focus with the words Uncle Vince “This is Your Life”
Vince was sat right at the back of the room and as he moved towards the front he was given a full standing ovation from the whole crowd.
Clinton then took the crowd on a journey through Vince’s life, starting from when he was born at Leigh Creek and growing up at Nepabunna and then one of his old school teachers who had driven up from Port Pirie, David Amery spoke of what it was like at that time when the Missionaries were in charge.
There were many guest speakers including Bob Ellis an anthropologist who has known Vince since he was 13 years old, three old workmates from National Parks and there were also video messages from people who couldn’t be there, including Joy McKean (Slim Dusty’s wife), Adam Goodes, Senator Patrick Dodson who joked about how they get mistaken for each other, as well as messages from people who went to school with him at Nepabunna.
The commentary continued showcasing just some of Vince’s achievements, including as an ATSIC Councillor, CEO of Umeewarra Media and of course his work for the Adnyamathanha people.
Anne Best a renowned South Australian artist, who has know Vince for several decades presented him with a portrait she had done for the occasion and the community presented him with a unique Akubra Hat that had the Adnyamathanha Flag printed on it.
To round off the celebration I had written a book about Vince that was also available for sale at the event, they are available for sale for $10 each from the Umeewarra Media Office in Port Augusta.
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