Aunty Ida West (1919-2003)
Aunty Ida West (1919-2003)

Aunty Ida West (1919–2003), Aboriginal leader. Aunty Ida West and her family were ‘Islanders’, Tasmanian Aborigines who survived the impact of colonial progress. A strong, outspoken woman who was prepared to fight for justice for her family and her community, Ida only ever wanted to see justice and fairness for all. Ida West grew to […]

Non-Fiction
David Unaipon (1872 – 1967)
David Unaipon (1872 – 1967)

Of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. David had a major contribution to Australian society with his public speaking, writings and inventions, particularly his patent for the shears. Unaipon is featured on the Australian $50 note in commemoration. He was the first Aboriginal writer to publish in English, the author of numerous articles […]

Non-Fiction
Doris Pilkington (1937 – 2014)
Doris Pilkington (1937 – 2014)

Doris Pilkington Garimara AM (born Nugi Garimara), also known as Doris Pilkington, she was best known for her 1996 book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, a story of three Aboriginal girls, among them Pilkington’s mother, Molly Craig, who escaped from the Moore River Native Settlement in Western Australia and travelled for nine weeks to return to […]

Non-Fiction
Hyllus Maris (1933 – 1986)
Hyllus Maris (1933 – 1986)

Hyllus Noel Maris (1933-1986), Aboriginal rights campaigner, community worker, educator, poet and scriptwriter, was born on 25 December 1933 at Echuca. Hyllus was of Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri (Woiworung) descent and spent her early childhood at Cummeragunja Aboriginal station, New South Wales. Her grandmother educated her in Aboriginal culture, genealogy and history, and both parents […]

Non-Fiction
Jack Davis (1917 – 2000)
Jack Davis (1917 – 2000)

Jack was born in Perth and became an activist on behalf of his people and from 1967–71 was director of the Aboriginal Centre in Perth. In 1971 he was chairman of the Aboriginal Lands Trust in WA and was managing editor of the Aboriginal cultural magazine Identity in the Aboriginal Publications Foundation. In 1979 his […]

Playwriting, Poetry
Kevin Gilbert (1933 – 1993)
Kevin Gilbert (1933 – 1993)

A Wiradjuri warrior Kevin was a tireless advocate for Aboriginal rights. He became the first Aboriginal playwright with The Cherry Pickers. Kevin wrote many books Because a White man’ll Never Do It, Living Black, Aboriginal Sovereignty, Justice, the Law and Land (including Draft Treaty) and Child’s Dreaming. His anthology Inside Black Australia, won the 1988 […]

Academic, Childrens, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult
Lisa Bellear (1961 – 2006)
Lisa Bellear (1961 – 2006)

Lisa was an Aboriginal Australian poet, photographer, activist, spokeswoman, dramatist, comedian and broadcaster. She was a Goernpil woman of the Noonuccal people of Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island), Queensland. Lisa died unexpectedly at her home in Melbourne. She was 45 years old. She wrote Dreaming In Urban Areas (UQP, 1996), a book of poetry which explores the […]

Poetry
Maureen Watson (1931 – 2009)
Maureen Watson (1931 – 2009)

On the fourth day of the New Year, Australia lost one of its most respected Aboriginal women, Aunty Maureen Watson. Tireless educator and campaigner for the rights of her people, gifted and passionate performer on stage and film, poet, author and playwright, children’s author, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and recognised Murri elder in South-East […]

Poetry
Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920 – 1993)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920 – 1993)

During the 1960s she emerged as a prominent political activist and writer. She was Queensland state secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI),and was involved in a number of other political organisations. She was a key figure in the campaign for the reform of the Australian constitution […]

Childrens, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult