Elder in town for fun and to educate grandchildren

NAIDOC week celebrations are continuing successfully in Gladstone.

Great grandmother Rita Dodd is in Gladstone to see family, coincidentally at the same time as the celebrations.

She's met Jonathon Thurston, lunched at the PCYC and is planning to hit the ball at the end of the week.

The Wakka Wakka tribe elder from the North Burnett region had 13 children; 10 daughters and three sons.

Some of her grandchildren here are of mixed background and she's educating them about their Aboriginal side.

"You tell them stories about what you did when you were children, when I was a kid growing up," she said.

"We didn't live in the town much, we lived in the bush, in an old tin shed and slept on the ground."

Ms Dodd will be 79 this year.

Her husband was an elder of the Wulli Wulli tribe, around the Theodore area.