Mrs Henrietta Marrie


School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Professor Henrietta Marrie (née Fourmile) (born 1954) is an Honorary Professor with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods based at The University of Queensland. She is an Aboriginal Australian from the Yidinji tribe, directly descended from Ye-i-nie, an Aboriginal leader in the Cairns region. In 1905, the Queensland Government awarded Ye-i-nie with a king plate in recognition of his local status as a significant Walubara Yidinji leader.

Professor Henrietta Marrie is an advocate for the rights of her own Gimuy Walubarra Yidinji families, as well as for the cultural rights of indigenous peoples nationally and internationally.

The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia identifies Professor Marrie as a notable Aboriginal Australian in an entry that includes:

Fourmile has been involved in extensive research in the areas of Aboriginal cultural heritage and museums, the politics of Aboriginal heritage and the arts and recently the area of Aborigines and cultural tourism.

Professor Henrietta Marrie was a senior fellow at the United Nations University and an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland. In 2018, Professor Henrietta Marrie was named as one of the Queensland Greats by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Source: Wikipedia


- Master of Environmental and Local Government Law (Macquarie University, 1999) [Dissertation: The Convention on Biological Diversity, Intellectual Property Rights and the Protection of Traditional Ecological Knowledge]- Graduate Diploma of Arts (Aboriginal Studies) (University of South Australia, 1990)- Diploma of Teaching (South Australian College of Advance Education, 1987)

Research Impacts

Academic Research Interests and Publications

Professor Marrie AM has published over 60 papers in refereed journals, and chapters in books, covering a range of subject matter generally relating to local, national and international Indigenous issues. These papers cover Indigenous intellectual and cultural property, cultural heritage legislation, museums and repatriation of Indigenous cultural property, cultural and natural resources management, race relations, access to genetic resources and benefit sharing, Indigenous arts, philanthropy, and analyses of UN treaties and programs as they affect Indigenous peoples globally.

Key Publications

  1. K. Galloway McLean, A. Marrie and H L Marrie. Great Barrier Reef Indigenous Tourism: Translating Policy into Practice. Report to the National Environmental Science Program (2020). Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Ltd, Cairns, Queensland.
  2. H L Marrie. Emerging trends in the generation, transmission and protection of Traditional Knowledge. Presentation to the 18th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, New York (2019). Available at:
  3. H L Marrie, ‘The UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Protection and Maintenance of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Peoples’ in L. Smith and N Akagawa (eds), Intangible Heritage: Key Issues in Cultural Heritage (Routledge, UK 2008), 169-192.
  4. H L Marrie, ‘National Research Institutions and their Obligations to Indigenous and Local Communities under Article 8(j) of the Convention on Biological Diversity’ (2000) 1 Humanities Research 41-53.
  5. H L Fourmile, ‘Indigenous interests in biological resources in Commonwealth Areas – synthesis of submissions and related information’ in J Voumard (chair), Access to Biological Resources in Commonwealth Areas: Commonwealth Public Inquiry (AGPS, Canberra 2000), 199-278.
  6. H L Fourmile-Marrie, ‘Developing a Regime to Protect Indigenous Traditional Biodiversity-Related Knowledge (TBRK)’ (2000) 1(1) Balayi: Culture, Law and Colonialism 163-182.
  7. H L Fourmile-Marrie, ‘Bushtucker – Some Food For Thought’ (1999) 19(4) Artlink 34-37.
  8. H L Fourmile, ‘Using Prior Informed Consent Procedures under the Convention on Biological Diversity to Protect Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural Resource Rights’ (1998) 4(16) Indigenous Law Bulletin 14-17.
  9. H L Fourmile, ‘The Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and the Cultural Record (Landscapes Queensland and Queensland Estate) Act 1987: Legislative Discrimination in the Protection of Indigenous Cultural Heritage’ (1996) 1(4) Australian Indigenous Law Reporter 507 – 529. Page 3 of 6
  10. H L Fourmile, ‘Aborigines and Museums: A Case Study in Contemporary Scientific Colonialism’ (1987) 17 Praxis M 7-11.

Note: Earlier papers were published under Professor Marrie's maiden name, Fourmile, or Fourmile-Marrie.

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