The honorable Ted Egan AO is a name familiar to most Australians – he is a legendary folk singer who has devoted his life to the Australian way of life and particularly his adopted home – Alice Springs.
Now aged 81, Ted still regularly performs in Alice Springs and around Australia. In 2013, he came to WA to make a recording of his famous song “The ANZACs” with RASWA Brass. Also on the recording are the children from Orana Primary in Willetton. The recording will be released Australia wide later this year.
For the last 40 years Ted has been writing and recording songs, filming and writing about the Australian people who to Ted, represents the real ethos of this country. He has just completed his 30th album of songs. He has been “the presenter” of 13 x 1 hour documentary films titled This Land Australia, and has written ten books.
Ted was appointed as Administrator of the Northern Territory from 2003 to 2007. He has lived in the Northern Territory since 1950 and has worked for the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs. He was a member of the first National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 for services to the Aboriginal people, and for “an ongoing contribution to the literary heritage of Australia through song and verse” In 2004, Ted Egan was promoted to an Officer of the Order (AO).