Mary Durack is originally from Western Australia, and first visited Darwin on a field trip when she was working as a marine biologist in the early 80s. Mary has long loved Northern Australia, and has lived in FNQ, the Kimberley and now the Territory since 2008. Prior to moving to Darwin, Mary was living in France where she established and ran a small Aboriginal art gallery. It was Aboriginal art that drew her back to the Territory, visiting remote art centres and attending the Telstra art award and all the exhibitions on around the same time. After 5 years in Paris, Mary was missing the natural environment and the Australian landscape and thought that Darwin would be a great base to allow her to explore the Territory while enjoying the Top End lifestyle.
Mary has a long standing interest in all of the performing arts so was excited to be invited to join the Board of Tracks and have an opportunity to support a great local arts company. Mary holds Science and Education degrees. In Darwin she has worked for the Northern Territory Government and for oil and gas company INPEX in a community relations role, which has allowed her to really get to know the Darwin community and feel part of it.