Frances Bodkin is a descendant of the D'harawal people of the Bidiagal clan. An educator of D'harawal knowledge, she holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with five majors, one of which is Environmental Sciences, in addition to other post graduate degrees.
Combining the knowledge passed down through her Aboriginal mother, her University education and an unquenchable journey of lifelong learning, Frances has a holistic understanding of the environment. She has published three books on D'harawal culture, stories and natural resources. Frances works tirelessly with groups as young as pre-school age right through to adult learners, sharing ethno-scientific knowledge passed down by traditional clans - which is being increasingly referred to by modern research - in order to promote a deeper understanding of how to care for our natural environment.
In the past Frances has worked for the NSW Parliament; she is an active member of Wollondilly Aboriginal Advisory Committee. During the 1970s, Frances played a key role in the development of Campbelltown Hospital, Campbelltown TAFE, Mount Annan Botanic Gardens and what is now the University of Western Sydney Campbelltown Campus. Frances was cultural consultant on Jasmin Sheppard's production Macq which premiered as a part of Dance Clan 3 in 2013.