Saturday, June 14, 2014

St. Luke's guest writer - Madeline

Glitter Words

It is with great pleasure that I introduce our very first guest writer for our Library blog. Madeline in Senior MY has written a very informative piece about poet and writer Oodgeroo Noonuccal.  
See more of Madeline's work on her blog  Meet Me (M@del!ne)

Oodgeroo Noonucca

Oodgeroo was born in 1920 and she was born on Stradbroke Island, (the indigenous call it Minjerriba) Queensland. She was best known as a poet, although she was also an actress, a writer, a teacher, an artist and a campaigner for Aboriginal rights.She left school at the age of 13, and worked as a domestic servant until 1939. She volunteered for service in the Australian Women’s Army Service. 
achieved national prominence as the Queensland State Secretary of the
Council for the Advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
(CAATSI). She also achieved another prominence through her highly popular
poetry and writing. Oodgeroo became the first published Aboriginal woman
with her verses ‘We are going’ which sold out in three days.

Oodgeroo also wrote a lot of books for children – Father Sky and Mother
Earth (1981), Little Fella (1986), and The Rainbow Serpent (1988) with the
help of her son – Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Vivian). She was included in
‘Aboriginal rights’ organisations.

Oodgeroo was very young when she started poetry and in her late forties a
writer encouraged her to publish them. She kept writing and became
recognised all over the world. 
In the 1960s, Oodgeroo campaigned for Aboriginal rights. Until then
Aboriginal Australians didn’t have the right to vote. Oodgeroo did
everything she could to create gender equality. She travelled across
Australia, giving as many as ten talks a day. The campaigning paid off
after fighting so hard. In 1967 the indigenous finally had the right to

Oodgeroo Noonuccal continued to fight for her rights. She travelled the
world, telling others about the dreadful conditions for the Torres Strait
Islanders. But she didn’t believe that people were listening to her. In her
frustration, she decided that she would go back to her favourite place –
Moongalba, (the Noonuccals call it this) which means ‘sitting down place.
It’s very sacred to them. But the Government said that they owned
Moongalba and Oodgeroo wasn’t allowed to build anything there. She wanted
to turn it into an Aboriginal museum.

She decided the only way that she could stay on her land, was to
camp there. Oodgeroo invited children, both black and white, and shared her
land with them and showed them the aboriginal ways. 
 When Oodgeroo Noonuccal died, lots of people were upset, but that’s not
what she wanted. Oodgeroo wanted people to celebrate her achievements and
to continue working for a better future for the indigenous. Oodgeroo’s was
a role model for all Australians. Someone who strived for true respect and
understanding between both the white and black communities.

Thank you Madeline for a beautifully written and thoughtful Author study. Oodgeroo Noonuccal was a very talented and amazing woman.  


  1. Great work Madeline! You might like to come and check out some of our work we've been doing for NAIDOC week on our class blog

  2. Thank you Mrs Kennedy - for putting that on - and Kathy - for the comment. I enjoyed finding out about her and I think that this is a good way to share it.

    From Madeline (author of this post)


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