Ted EGAN OAM, AO 1995

Ted Egan

1932 - Born Edward Joseph Egan on the 6th of July in Coburg, Melbourne.

1949 – Age 16 moved to Darwin.

1952- Age 20 with a friend who was a priest, founded and became the captain of St Marys football team, to provide opportunity for Tiwi Aboriginals, (Aboriginals from Bathurst and Melville Islands) to play in the local competition.

1957 - He was sent out in to help start a place called Maningarida which is now quite a big place. His job was to count the Aboriginals in Arnhem Land. And no small order because I was required to walk hundreds of miles north, south, east and west across Arnhem Land.

1959 - Age 27 appointed the superintendent of an Aboriginal reserve called Yuendumu. And there were about 1,000 Aboriginal people there - men, women, kids.

1960s - As a District Welfare Officer (DWO) Ted was a government employee, assisting in administering tracts of Crown Land for the Aboriginal populace. Working among Aboriginal people, though, and learning about their traditional links to the land, he became convinced that the official governmental perception of native land control was flawed.

1969 – Released first recording.

1973 -Ted left his employment with the Council of Aboriginal Affairs, and eventually set up his

long-running Ted Egan Outback Show (‘tall tales and outback songs’)

1974 – Wrote a play “No Need for Two Blankets” which was performed at the Australian Theatre, Newtown.

1981 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1988 – Performs in front of 15000 at the opening of the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach.

1989 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame. Won the Northern Territory History Award

1993 – Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1993 Australia Day Honours List “For Services to the Aboriginal people and for the interpretation of Australian cultural heritage through song and verse”.

1995 – Elevated to the Roll of Renown.

From 2003 - 2007 Ted was appointed as Administrator of the Northern Territory, resident at Government House, Darwin.

2000 – Golden Guitar for Video Clip of the Year with “The Drovers Boy”. 

2002 - Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Northern Territory University for outstanding community service and notable achievement in the fields of Aboriginal affairs, historical studies and preservation and promotion of Australia’s cultural heritage, particularly song, verse and folklore. He has a Master of Arts (History). His earlier Bachelor of Arts Degree was achieved the hard way – studying in the bush.

2003 - Northern Territory recipient of the Australian of the Year Award. His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC appointed Mr Egan as the eighteenth Administrator of the Northern Territory with effect from 31 October 2003. He was sworn in by the Governor-General on 18 November 2003.

2004 - On the 25th of February was appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO). "This award acknowledges the significance of Mr. Egan's continuing contribution to the community in his being sworn-in as the 18th Administrator of the Northern Territory".

2006- The National Patron of the Year of the Outback.

2007 - Star host on board the 2007 Country Music Express (a train that brought country music fans from Melbourne to Tamworth).

2010 – Released a double CD “Saving the Best”. His 28 album

He is the author of the books “A Drop of Rough Ted”, “Would I lie to You?”, “The Paperboy's War”, “Sitdown Up North”, “Justice All Their Own”, “The Land Downunder”, “Due Inheritance” and is Co-Author of two books (with Robert Ingpen, Bob Marchant and Nerys Evans) each titled “The Drover's Boy”.

He is an inaugural Life Member of the Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association of Australia, The Workers Heritage Centre Barcaldine, The Waltzing Matilda Museum at Winton and The Drover's Camp, Camooweal. He is the Patron of The Drover's Camp. He is National Patron of VISE - Volunteers for Isolated Students Education.

Was the presenter of the highly acclaimed TV series This Land Australia, and later The Great Outdoors.

2011 - At the Tamworth Songwriter' Association Awards won Children's Song of the Year with "The Laughing Game", and Comedy/Novelty Song of the Year with "Queensland Opera". (Queensland Opera was a term used in the 1940's to refer to the early country music). Ted has released a book with the CD with photographs of all the 101 country music personalities he mentions in the song.