Museum of Brisbane

Sunday Stories | Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal

Sunday Stories | Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal (Kath Walker) 1920 – 1993

This Sunday we celebrate the extraordinary Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal! Kath Walker was born on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), and became a well-recognised Australian poet, political activist, artist and educator. In 1942 she joined the Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) before starting a family in Brisbane, then later returning to Minjerribah. Oodgeroo published poetry articulating the feelings of Aboriginal people for the rest of Australia, in a way they had not heard before. In 1987 Kath changed her name to Oodgeroo of the Noonuccal tribe, in protest of the Australian Bicentennial celebration, returning her MBE to the Queensland Governor. We celebrate this extraordinary poet, activist and her incredible life this NAIDOC week, Because of Her, We Can.