Keelen Mailman

Pic: Courtesy of RM Williams OUTBACK

At 30, a single mother, Keelen became the first Aboriginal woman to run a commercial cattle station when she took over Mt Tabor, two hours from Augathella on the black soil plains of western Queensland.

This is the heartland of Bidjara country, the place her mother and grandparents and great-grandparents had cared for, and where her ancestors left their marks on caves and rock walls over 10,000 years ago.

Keelen completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program – Course 16, in 2009. She is an inspiring leader in her rural community and in 2007 was a finalist for Australian of the Year Award (QLD).

In 2015, Keelen became an author and published her memoir, The Power of Bones – the story of Keelen’s troubled childhood and her determination to overcome challenges, guiding he to an extraordinary life. And in 2016, was awarded Australia’s Barnados’ Mother of the Year

This year, Keelen was honoured with a cover story in the April edition of RM Williams OUTBACK magazine.

We look forward to welcoming Keelen to the panel.