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Who is Aunty Oodgeroo?

Aunty Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920 – 1993) was an Aboriginal rights activist, poet, veteran, environmentalist and educator. In 1988 she adopted the name Oodgeroo (meaning ‘paperbark tree’) Noonuccal. Aunty Oodgeroo Noonuccal was born in Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) in Queensland in 1920.

When was Oodgeroo born?

3rd of November 1920
Oodgeroo Noonuccal was born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska on the 3rd of November 1920, a descendant of the Noonuccal people of Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island).

How many siblings did Oodgeroo have?

Oodgeroo Noonuccal joined the Australian Women’s Army Service in 1942, after her two brothers were captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore.

Is Oodgeroo Noonuccal still alive?

Deceased (1920–1993)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Living or Deceased

Where was Oodgeroo Noonuccal from?

North Stradbroke Island, Australia
Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Place of birth

Where did Oodgeroo Noonuccal get her name?

Kath Walker also changed her name in 1988 as a way of stripping the label given to her by invading forces, and adopted a traditional name. Oodgeroo means paperbark, and Noonuccal is her tribe’s name—hence Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal tribe.

What is the past about Oodgeroo Noonuccal?

Oodgeroo’s poem ‘The Past’ is a reminder that for Aboriginal people, remembering the past and connecting to a cultural sense of time can give us great strength as we navigate rigid Australia that refuses to acknowledge us as people. Let no one say the past is dead. The past is all about us and within.

Where is Oodgeroo Noonuccal from?

How old is Kath Walker?

72 years (1920–1993)
Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Age at death

Where is the Noonuccal tribe?

The Nunukul, also spelt Noonuccal and known also as Moondjan are an Aboriginal Australian people, one of three Quandamooka peoples, who traditionally lived on Minjerribah, in Moreton Bay Area and in mainland Brisbane regions.

Where did Oodgeroo Noonuccal live?

Oodgeroo Noonuccal/Places lived
Raised on Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), off Moreton Bay, Queensland, where many of the ancient Aboriginal customs were still practiced, the child baptized as Kathleen Ruska was a member of the Noonuccal tribe. Her formal education ended with primary school; at age 13 she entered domestic service in Brisbane.

Where was Oodgeroo Noonuccal born and raised?

Oodgeroo Noonuccal (pronounced UJ-uh-roo nu-NUH-kl) was born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska on November 3, 1920, in Minjerriba, also known as North Stradbroke Island.

How did Oodgeroo Noonuccal help her people?

Oodgeroo Noonuccal continued to fight for her people. She travelled the world, telling others about the dreadful conditions Aborigines were living under. But Oodgeroo felt people weren’t listening to her, conditions weren’t improving. Frustrated, she decided to go back to the place she loved, her tribal land on North Stradbroke Island.

Who is Kath Walker of the Noonuccal?

Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal, known until 1988 as Kath Walker, was born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska on North Stradbroke Island in South-East Queensland, one of seven children of Edward (Ted) Ruska and his wife Lucy (née McCulloch).

Where did Oodgeroo Noonuccal get an honorary doctorate?

Recognition of her literary, educational and political achievements continued to flow, however; she was awarded honorary doctorates from Macquarie University (1988), Griffith University (1989), Monash University (1991), and Queensland University of Technology (1992).