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Ngalaya Ball 2023 - Coming together post-referendum

Ngalaya: Celebrating 25 Years


On October 16 Ngalaya members, supporters, and attendees of the 2023 National Indigenous Legal Conference attended Doltone House Hyde Park on Gadigal Country, Sydney to celebrate First Nations success and resilience.


Mark Holden, a Dhunghutti man and Ngalaya Director for 12 years opened the night by acknowledging Gadigal Country and introducing Ngalaya's Executive Director, Jason O'Neil.


"It has been so important to hold space together over these past two days at the National Indigenous Legal Conference," Jason said "we won't speak for long tonight other than celebrating the First Nations Law Awards, as tonight is all about spending time together."


Mark Holden, Ngalaya Director, speaking from a lectern at the 2022 Ngalaya Ball.

Jason O'Neil speaking at the 2023 Ngalaya Ball

2023 First Nations Law Awards

Post-Voice referendum, it was an important time for the 2nd annual First Nations Law Awards. Ngalaya's Executive Director Jason O'Neil said, "these awards are an important opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate First Nations excellence and the work of our members."


Our sincere congratulations to the four award recipients. Find out more about them below:


Brian Attard, First Nations Lawyer of the Year

Dr Dani Larkin, First Nations Legal Researcher of the Year

Kyle Fox First Nations Senior Law Student of the Year

Rhys Spahn Junior Law Student of the Year

Ngalaya Ball / NILC Gala Dinner 2023 Sponsor

The 2023 Ngalaya Ball was sponsored by: Herbert Smith Freehills. Ngalaya is very grateful for their ongoing support of the Ngalaya Ball.


If you would like to help Ngalaya to grow the next generation of First Nations law-makers, support us with a tax deductible donation today.



Photographs via Flickr:

Ngalaya Ball 2022

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