Stan Grant (Wiradjuri elder)

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Stan Grant (in 2005)

Stanley Vernard "Stan" Grant, Sr. AM is an Elder of the Wiradjuri tribe of Indigenous Australians from what is now the south-west inland region of the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Background and language work[edit]

Grant is one of the few people still living to have heard native speakers of his tribe's Wiradjuri language, having been brought up as a child around native speakers of his grandfather's generation, notably his grandfather.

He has been crucial to the reconstruction of the Wiradjuri language along with Dr John Rudder, with whom he travels among the Wiradjuri people, teaching their language. From a small base of anthropological records, they have rebuilt the spoken and sung language among both urban and rural tribal members. In 2006 this work was recognised with the Deadly award of Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.[1]


Grant is married to Elizabeth (Betty) Grant (née Cameron) who is a Kamilaroi descendent who grew up in the small northern NSW town of Coonabarabran. She is a published author; My Humpy Home is a collection of poems and short stories relating her early years.

Grant is the father of Australian and international television personality, Stan Grant, who has been employed as a news reader by Seven Network, then CNN based in Hong Kong, Australia's second national broadcaster, SBS TV and back to CNN, now based in Abu Dhabi.


  • Stories Told By My Grandfather and the Other Old Men
  • Crossing Cultures

With Dr John Rudder:

  • Learning Wiradjuri 1-5 (graded texts)
  • Learning Wiradjuri 1&2 CD
  • A Teaching Wiradjuri Support CD
  • Eric Looks for a Friend (PowerPoint book)
  • Wiradjuri Language Songs for Children
  • Wiradjuri Language Song Book 2
  • CD of Wiradjuri Language Songs
  • Wiradjuri Language – How it works: A Grammar in Everyday English
  • Wiradjuri Language A First Dictionary of Wiradjuri
  • Wiradjuri Sentence Book
  • Wiradjuri Language Black Line Poster Masters
  • Wiradjuri Language Black Line Masters – Book 1 (Colouring-in)
  • Wiradjuri Language Black Line Masters – Book 2 – Learn to Draw
  • Wiradjuri Language Colouring-in Books 1 and 2
  • Wiradjuri Language Learn to Draw Books 1 and 2
  • English Language Blackline Poster Masters of Australian Natural Science & People
  • Unlabelled Blackline Poster Masters of Australian Natural Science & People


Grant was named a Member of the Order of Australia on 8 June 2009 "for service to Indigenous education and the preservation and promotion of the Wiradjuri language and culture, as a teacher and author, and to youth"[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vibe magazine report with photo[dead link]
  2. ^ "Stan Grant AM". Australian Honours Database. Retrieved 16 April 2011. 

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