Patsy Cameron grew up on Flinders Island in Bass Strait and traces her Tasmanian Aboriginal heritage through her mother's line to two great leaders of colonial times: Mannalargenna and Tongalongta. At the Gathering Patsy will be leading walks and talks explaining the history and heritage of Launceston's famous Cataract Gorge.
For over thirty years Patsy has been a passionate champion for Aboriginal education and the promotion of cultural heritage and traditional practice. She was inducted into the Tasmanian Women's Honour Roll in 2006 for her outstanding contribution to the Tasmanian community.
Patsy has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and Geography and a Master of Arts in Aboriginal History. Her MA thesis Grease and Ochre: the blending of two cultures at the colonial sea frontier was published by Fuller's Bookshop in 2011. She received a DLitt by the University of Tasmania in August 2016.
Patsy's walks and talks in the Gorge focus on Aboriginal connections to the area from the distant past to the present day. Her knowledge of the cultural and significance of Tasmanian places, abundant resources on Country, and Aboriginal history, is extensive.