Mollie Dyer (1927- 1998)
Mollie Dyer was born of Yorta Yorta descent and she was instrumental in establishing the first Aboriginal Child Carte service in 1977 which later became the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA). Mollie became its first Program Director and lobbied extensively to government for greater Aboriginal community say over vulnerable and at risk children. Mollie fostered 20 children from Aboriginal communities in Victoria, as well as having six of her own. She advocated for the adoption legislation in Victoria to prevent Aboriginal families unnecessarily surrendering their children and was involved with the establishment of the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in the early 1980s.
Mollie received an Advance Australia medal and an Order of Australia award for ‘her outstanding contribution to the advancement and enrichment of Australia, its people and its way of life’. Mollie’s amazing life story was recorded in her autobiography ‘Room for One More: the Life of Mollie Dyer’ which was launched in 2003.