Biographies Kath Walker (1920-1993)

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (known as Kath Walker until 1988) was born in 1920 in Australia. The first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse, she is the author of four collections of poetry, including We Are Going (1964), The Dawn is at Hand (1966), and My People: A Kath Walker Collection (1970). Her works of fiction and children’s books include Stradbroke Dreamtime (1972), Father Sky and Mother Earth (1981), and The Rainbow Serpent (1988). Noonuccal became a prominent activist of Aboriginal rights and a critic of the Australian government; she served on several boards, councils, and committees ranging from the local to national level. In 1970, she was selected as a Member of the Order of the British Empire, but she returned the award in 1988. Her other honors include the Jessie Litchfield Award, the Mary Gilmore Award, and the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Award. Noonuccal was an educator, and purchased a property she called Moongalba on North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, where visitors could learn about nature and Aboriginal culture. She died in 1993.

Audio Recordings with Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal)