Introducing Sophia Sambono



Tell us about yourself

Hi! I’m Sophia, I’m a Jingili Aboriginal woman, my mob is from the northern central desert near Newcastle Waters and I have family connections across the top end including Darwin, Daly River and Tiwi Island. We travelled a lot growing up and I lived in nearly all of Australia’s states and territories including a big chunk of time in Brissie. I’m excited to be back after almost 10 years in Canberra!

What will you be doing at SLQ?

I am here as a Project Officer supporting the development and delivery of kuril dhagun programs and activities, starting with the upcoming Barambah Pottery exhibition opening activities and Murri Christmas.



What work did you do previously?

I moved to Canberra to complete a Master of Arts in Museums and Collections and ended up staying after accepting a job at the National Film and Sound Archive in their brand new Indigenous Collections team. The next 8 ½ years flew pretty quickly as part of a small nimble team in a fast paced environment involved in collection research and development, knowledge repatriation, event management and community engagement.

What do you do in your spare time?

I am a mum of two fantastic, adventurous and headstrong girls who are 2 and 5, so spare time is not in abundance! We have frequent art and craft sessions in our house (in between Peppa Pig marathons) and I dabble in various creative projects whenever I get the chance. I am looking forward to taking advantage of the warmer Queensland weather and taking the family on regular coast trips and adventures.

What inspires you?

My kids! They inspire me every day to be a better person and example for them. They inspire me to be more connected to my culture and to share it with them.

What do you hope to get out of your time at SLQ?

I am looking forward to being a part of a dynamic team dedicated to connecting with communities and celebrating culture.