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Noonuccal, Oodgeroo (Walker, Kath) (1920 - 1993)

Activist and Poet
Alternative Names
  • Ruska, Kathleen Jean Mary


"Oodgeroo Noonuccal was born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska, on Minjerribah (the Stradbroke Islands). Oodgeroo Noonuccal means Oodgeroo of the tribe Nunuccal; spelling variations include Nunuccal, Noonuckle and Nunukul. In 1970, Oodgeroo Noonuccal (under the name Kathleen Walker) was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil) for services to the community. She returned it in 1987 in protest against the forthcoming Australian Bicentenary celebrations (1988)."
Other publications by Oodgeroo include: The Rainbow Serpent (1988), The Spirit of Australia (1989), Towards a Global Village in the Southern Hemisphere (1989), Australian Legends And Landscapes (1990), Australia's Unwritten history: more legends of our land (1992) and Oodgeroo (1994).
See Australian Women's Archives Project

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  • Walker, Kath, ''We are going' and 'Aboriginal charter of rights'', We are going, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1964, pp. 1-10 & 25. Details
  • Walker, Kath, 'The dawn is at hand', The Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, Sydney Melbourne, 1966, pp. 1-9. Details