Oodgeroo Noonuccal, 1920-1993

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Birth 1920-11-03
Death 1993-09-16

Biographical notes:

Oodgeroo Noonuccal of the Noonuccal tribe of Stradbroke Island near Brisbane, was a poet and aboriginal activist.

From the description of Papers. [194-?-ca. 1985] (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 222660045

Bruce Dickson is a journalist and writer and past friend of Oodgeroo Noonuccal. At the time of the interview he was also the Brisbane Community Arts Centre's director.

From the description of Oodgeroo Noonuccal: 1920-1993 : the legacy of a true national treasure. A previously unpublished interview with Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker) / interviewer, Bruce Dickson. 1981. (The University of Queensland Library). WorldCat record id: 62540845

Oodgeroo Noonuccal, previously known as Kath Walker, was an indigenous Australian author, lecturer, and activist. Charismatic and tireless, she played a central role in Australia's 1967 constitutional recognition of Aborigines. The unprecedented success of her book of poetry, We Are Going - the first book of poetry published by an indigenous Australian - made her the best-selling Australian poet. She continued to work for Aboriginal rights and recognition, and, in 1988, dissatisfied with the role of the Aborigine in Australia's bicentennial, she adopted the Noonuccal name, Oodgeroo.

From the description of Oodgeroo Noonuccal papers, 1978, 1993 (bulk 1978). (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55592865


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