Born in Dolenjska, Slovenia in 1939. She migrated to Australia in 1963.


Teachers College in Celje.

BA at the University in Perth

BA at the University in Perth, Criminology

Cilka specialised in the indigenous people, the Australian Aborigines. When her husband decided to go bush In 1968, she followed, and began teaching Aboriginal students from Lightning Ridge and Walgett.

Her involvement with Aboriginal families and communities stemmed from her role in education.

Cilka compiled, edited and published Aboriginal narratives, collected and published their legends and some poems, as well as wrote of their culture and traditions and also prepared a dictionary of Aboriginal words.


About the teaching, Cilka trusted with the following:


Click here for the collection of Cilka’s books and links


Draga Gelt


   More web pages:


   Cilka Žagar and Minister Lovro Šturm unveiled  a plaque at Stična school (p.16)

   Cilka Žagar as Principal at Gimnazija Stična (p.21-23)

   Locutio – Slovenian Literary on-line magazine


   More about Cilka

   Lightning Ridge Central School

   Migration Memories

   Opal books





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