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1 OODGEROO NOONUCCAL (Kath Walker) An inspiring aboriginal By Carolyn Elliot

2 Why I chose this person… I chose this person because she is an Aboriginal person from the past.Aboriginal She is also a person that I have not heard about before. I like it that this person is a woman and that she has achieved a lot in her lifetime. I am interested in what she did in her life and the way in which she tried a lot of different things. I also like that she started off her life as a servant at the age of 13 and wasn’t content with this. She then went and did what she believed.

3 How is her life story different to mine… Kath Walker was born on the 3 rd November, 1920 on North Stradbroke Island, just off the coast of Brisbane. She died in 1993 at the age of 72. She went to Dunwich Primary School and left at the age of 13. She had an English name (Kath Walker) and then changed back to her aboriginal name “OODGEROO NOONUCCAL”. Oodgeroo is the Aboriginal name for “paperbark tree” and Noonuccal is the name of her tribe. The Paperbark tree is what she used as paper. Brisbane, Queensland

4 Other interesting differences… When she lived on Stradbroke Island she ate food such as dugongs, pippys, wallabies and bandicoots. She wrote great poems. She stood up for Aboriginal people. She was a great teacher and helped lots of children.

5 Why is she an inspiration? I think this person is an inspiration because she teaches us never to give up. She was determined to succeed even when others said she couldn’t. She was persistent and believed that Australia should be one group of people.inspirationpersistent She shows us that we should treat people as equals and that we should believe what we see not what others tell us. She was the first aboriginal person to have her work published.

6 What does this person teach us? Kath Walker reminds us that we do not own the land and that we were not here first. She also teaches us that we should be neighbours and friends not against one another and that tolerance is important.tolerance You devout Salvation-sellers Make us neighbours, not fringe-dwellers, Make us mates, not poor relations, Citizens, not serfs on stations.serfs Must we native Old Australians In our land rank as aliens? Banish bans and conquer caste, Then we'll win our own at last. Poem by Kath Walker from “Aboriginal Charter of Rights” Taken from

7 Glossary of terms Aboriginal – Any of the original inhabitants of Australia Inspiration – The arousing of feelings, ideas, impulses etc.,especially those that lead to creative activity. Persistent – To continue firmly in some course of action, state, despite opposition or difficulties. Serfs – A person who is treated like a slave. Tolerance – The quality or practise of accepting or being fair towards beliefs, customs, etc. which are different from one’s own. Source: The Heinemann Australian Dictionary, 4 th Edition

8 Where I got my information from… North Stradbroke map A biography of Kath Walker Biography of Kath Walker stories.powerup.com.au/lit_trail/lit_trail_authors/noonuccal.htm#bio Biography of Kath Walker Poem by Kath Walker Picture of Kath Walker Newspaper article – Why I am now Oodgeroo Noonuccal The Age 30 – 12 – 1987 The “fringe dweller” who won world literary acclaim The Age 17 –

9 © State of Victoria 2003 This work has been created by the teacher listed below as employees of the Department of Education and Training, Victoria and copyright is owned by the Crown in right of the State of Victoria. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for study or training purposes, subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source and no commercial usage or sale. Reproduction for the purposes other than those indicated above requires the written permission of the Department of Education and Training. Requests and enquiries concerning reproduction and copyright should be addressed to the Liability Management Manager, Department of Education and Training, 2 Treasury Place, Melbourne, VIC, 3002 The State of Victoria accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any part of this material and bears no responsibility for any modifications made. Teacher’s name and materials produced – C. Elliot - Multimedia presentation.


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