This year is the 20th anniversary of the International Day of People with Disability and we thought it was only apt to celebrate one of our very own kuril dhagun team members; the lovable Willie Prince.
Wilfred Thomas Prince was born at Cherbourg Aboriginal Mission in 1960. He suffered illnesses during childhood and a physical disability left him wheelchair bound. His up bringing was hard to say the least but it never swayed him from achieving in both his personal and professional life.
Willie was a member of the Queensland Sporting Wheelies and represented Queensland in wheelchair racing and he carried the Paralympic torch in Brisbane in 2000. In his career he started out working as a paperboy before getting a job at the State Library of Queensland. Willie has been working at the State Library for over 20 years, working in a number of different departments and we are so glad that he has come to be apart of our team. For all those who visit the library, you would know Willie as the meet and greeter, the venue go-to man and the ‘sit-down comedian’ as he calls himself.
Willie is very proactive in both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and the Disability sector and he has a key role in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland.
Willie is assisting with ALLtogether the International Day of People with Disability event held at State Library of Queensland this Sunday 2 December. It will be a cultural celebration of dance, theatre, music, song, art and craft. All are welcome to share and listen to stories, view art and craft displays, visit the SLQ Storybook Station and take part in free workshops.
If you want to learn more about Willie’s story you can listen to an interview by Rob Willis for the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project, online at the National Library of Australia website.