Jessie Brown

Jessie grew up in Katherine starting her working life as a school assistant. She then worked as a ranger in the Katherine region for many years. During this time Jessie was involved in the development of a mine agreement between Sapopan NL (mining company), the Northern Territory Government and the Jawyon people that resulted in the Mt Todd Project Agreement Ratification Act (1993). This agreement was considered groundbreaking as it was the first agreement to be reached between a mining company and an Aboriginal group following the Australian High Court's historic Mabo ruling. Jessie also co-authored the Jawoyn Plant Identikit which is a well-used reference for tourists and schools in the Top End and she has worked with the Northern Land Council as an interpreter.  Jessie, now retired, is a Dagoman representative on the Godinymayin Board of Management and her deep knowledge of Katherine and its environment has informed the development of the centre.