|18th Administrator of the Northern Territory|
31 October 2003 – 30 October 2007
|Preceded by||John Anictomatis|
|Succeeded by||Tom Pauling|
Edward Joseph Egan
6 July 1932
Coburg, Victoria, Australia
|Domestic partner||Nerys Evans|
Egan was born in Coburg, Victoria, moving to the Northern Territory in 1949 at the age of 16 in search of work and adventure. In his early career with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs he was mainly in the bush and engaged in jobs such as stockwork and crocodile hunting while employed as a patrol officer and reserve superintendent. Later he was a teacher at bush schools. He was a member of the first National Reconciliation Council.
Egan was the sole teacher at the Newcastle Waters Station in 1965 and was stranded at the property for six weeks when the creek flooded. During this time, no supplies were able to be delivered, so Egan had to hunt for animals such as bush turkey for food. He later returned to the station in 2012 for the book launch of Middle of Everywhere about life in the area.
Egan wrote the "Gurindji Blues" in 1969 with Vincent Lingiari during the Wave Hill walk-off. Egan says he was moved to write "Gurindji Blues" after he heard Peter Nixon, then Minister for the Interior, say in parliament that if the Gurindji wanted land, they should save up and buy it, like any other Australian. Nixon also gets a mention in the song.
|The Bangtail Muster||
|Once a Jolly Swagman||
|Beyond the Black Stump||
|The Bush Races||
|A Town Like Alice||
|Arnhem Land Lullaby||
|Our Coach Captain||
| The Anzacs
(with Judy Small, Eric Bogle, Nerys Evans and the Anzac Band & Singers)
|My Australia: The Very Best of Ted Egan||
|This Land Australia||
|Echoes in the Dust
(with Andrew Langford)
|Welcome to the Bush||
|The Urupunga Frog (Australian Songs for Children)||
(with Bruce Simpson)
|The Drover's Boy - A Celebration of Australian Women
(with Nerys Evans)
|The Land Downunder||
|Such Is Life||
|Saving the Best||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Willie The Whingeing Pom"||1973||93||The Bangtail Muster|
- 1978 Outback Holiday (also by Mark Egan) ISBN 0-7295-0040-3
- 1984 The Overlanders Songbook ISBN 0-909104-74-3
- 1987 The Aboriginals Songbook -Faces of Australia Series ASIN B000N7AKU0
- 1989 Shearers Songbook ISBN 0-909104-75-1
- 1991 Would I Lie to You? The Goanna Driver and Other Very True Stories ISBN 0-670-90460-0
- 1993 The Paperboys War Ted Egan An Autobiography ISBN 1-875703-08-X
- 1996 Justice All Their Own ISBN 0522846939
- 1997 Sitdown Up North Ted Egan An Autobiography ISBN 1-875703-23-3
- 1997 A Drop of Rough Ted ISBN 0-9595744-0-9
- 1997 The Drover's Boy ISBN 0-85091-840-5
- 2003 The Land Downunder ISBN 0-9545726-0-2
- 2008 Due Inheritance ISBN 0-7295-0040-3
- 2011 Kutju Australia: An Australian Translation of Advance Australia Fair ISBN 9780980861921
- 2014 The ANZACS 100 Years On: in Story and Song ISBN 9780987381156
- 2019 Outback Songman: My Life ISBN 9781760871437
- This Land Australia series (as presenter, narrator and interviewer)
- Broome and the Pearl Coast
- Cape York Peninsula: The Vanishing Frontier
- Central Australia: The Eighth Wonder
- Discovering a Rainforest
- Gulf Country: The Road from Mt. Surprise
- Hahndorf and the Barossa: Valleys of Hope
- The Islands of Torres Strait
- Mysterious Australia
- Norfolk Island
- Paddleboats of the Murray River
- Railways of Yesteryear
- Snowy Mountains
These are available individually and as boxed sets on DVD from Flashback Entertainment.
Administrator of the Northern Territory
On 14 September 2005, he was awarded a one-year extension to his term of office by Jim Lloyd, the Federal Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads. This was further extended for another year to serve until 30 October 2007.
Egan has presented and narrated 6 episodes of the 1989 series This Land Australia, a series devoted to iconic Australian people and places. He also wrote and performed the show's theme song of the same name. He has been a co-host of the lifestyle show The Great Outdoors.
Egan was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 1993 Australia Day Honours List for services to the Aboriginal people, and for "an ongoing contribution to the literary heritage of Australia through song and verse".
In 2004, Egan was promoted to an Officer of the Order (AO) as acknowledgement of "the significance of [his] continuing contribution to the community culminating in his being sworn-in as the 18th Administrator of the Northern Territory".
Ted was the recipient of the National Folk Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award in April 2015 at NFF's Opening Ceremony in Canberra. Egan performed four songs at the event, including one about pioneering women in Australia.
ARIA Music Awards
The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual ceremonies presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result||Ref.|
|1990||This Land Australia||ARIA Award for Best Country Album||Nominated|||
Australian Roll of Renown
The Australian Roll of Renown honours Australian and New Zealander musicians who have shaped the music industry by making a significant and lasting contribution to Country Music. It was inaugurated in 1976 and the inductee is announced at the Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth in January.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|1995||Ted Egan||Australian Roll of Renown||inductee|
Country Music Awards of Australia
The Country Music Awards of Australia (CMAA) (also known as the Golden Guitar Awards) is an annual awards night held in January during the Tamworth Country Music Festival, celebrating recording excellence in the Australian country music industry. They have been held annually since 1973.
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2000||"The Drover's Boy"||Video Clip of the Year||Won|
|2014||Ted Egan||Lifetime Achievement Award||awarded|
Tamworth Songwriters Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result (wins only)|
|1991||Ted Egan||Songmaker Award||awarded|
|2011||"Queensland Opera" by Ted Egan||Comedy/Novelty Song of the Year||Won|
|"The Laughing Game" by Ted Egan||Children's Song of the Year||Won|
- Schubert, Steven (8 May 2012). "Six weeks stranded with nothing but bush turkeys for dinner". ABC Rural. Archived from the original on 22 May 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- "I have been writing and recording songs, filming and writing about the Australian people". Ted Egan. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
- Singley, Blake (10 August 2016). "Song for the Gurindji". Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
- "The Aboriginals songbook / compiled by Ted Egan ; foreword by Lowitja (Lois) O'Donoghue [catalogue entry]". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 101. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- Barker, Anne (1 October 2003). "Ted Egan appointed Administrator of the Northern Territory". PM. Radio National. Archived from the original on 11 May 2017.
- Churchman, Fiona (18 November 2003). "Singer, author, bush legend and now ... Administrator Ted Egan". ABC Local Radio. Archived from the original on 10 November 2012.
- Reappiontment Of Northern Territory Administrator, 2005
- Reappointment Of Northern Territory Administrator, 2006
- "This Land Australia series 1 (1989) - The Screen Guide - Screen Australia". www.screenaustralia.gov.au. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
- Ted Egan - I have been writing and recording songs, filming and writing about the Australian people
- EGAN, Edward Joseph, It's an Honour (Australian Government), 26 January 1993.
- EGAN, Edward Joseph, It's an Honour (Australian Government), 25 February 2004.
- National Trust Living Treasures, National Trust of Australia.
- ARIA Award previous winners. "ARIA Awards Best Country Album". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 9 April 2022.
- "Roll of Renown". Tamworth Country Music Festival. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
- "Past Award Winners". Retrieved 2 November 2020.
- "Tamworth Songwriters Association". Tamworth Songwriters Association Online. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
- "Tamworth Songwriters Association Past Winners". Tamworth Songwriters Association Online. Retrieved 23 March 2022.