This site is a repository for the random thoughts and occasionally focused efforts of the author.
John Patten is an educator, writer, illustrator, film-maker and designer.
Hailing from Far Northern NSW, John is a Bundjalung / Yorta Yorta man on his father’s side, and a descendant of First Fleet convicts, Irish rebels and the Saami people of Lapland via his mother.
Steeped in the history and living cultures of his people, John is an educator and artist who takes great joy in sharing knowledge as well as learning from others.
“I’ve an absolute thirst for history. I live and breathe it. If I find myself with any amount of spare time I’ll either be found in my library doing research, or outside in my backyard, carving traditional tools and weapons until late into the evening.”
An aspiring author, playwright and jack of all trades, John holds qualifications in business management, graphic design, education, genealogy and information technology.
Full C.V available for download:
John T. Patten – Artist CV
RRR Radio – Where I join Cameron Smith, the host of Eat It for a conversation relating to Koorie culture and traditional cuisine. (July 2015)
Sydney Morning Herald, The Age – Story relating to traditional plant knowledge, ecology and sustainability practices. (January 2015)
NITV – Television interview relating to my work at Bunjilaka, and the legacy of Jack Patten. (January 2015)
Beat Magazine – discussing the First Peoples festival which I produced. (September 2013)
Newsweek – Quoted (Misquoted) in relation to Aboriginal culture. (April 2015)
RRR Radio – Interview on RRR’s Grapvine Program, to promote Deadly! (a Koorie themed iteration of the SmartBar concept) at Melbourne Museum. (October 2014)