Described by Noel Pearson as “the most outstanding Aboriginal leader of the contemporary era”, Lowitja O’Donoghue navigated an early life of loss, racism and servitude to become the first Chair of Australia’s best attempt to facilitate self-determination for its Indigenous peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. She was a lead negotiator on the Native Title Act with Paul Keating, who later called her a “leader with an unfailing instinct for enlargement”. Stuart Rintoul’s impressive, authorised biography of this important Australian leader is informed by meticulous research and a strong personal relationship with his subject.
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Stuart Rintoul has been a writer and journalist for more than thirty years. He was with The Australian for two decades (he is its former Victorian editor) and has written for leading magazines, including Good Weekend. He is the author of Ashes of Vietnam: Australian voices, the first oral history of Australians in the Vietnam War, and also author of The Wailing: A national Black oral history, which was recommended by Aboriginal leader Patrick Dodson for inclusion in the Library of Alexandria. His most recent book is the authorised biography of Lowitja O’Donoghue, Lowitja.
Simone Ulalka Tur is the from the Yankunytjatjara community, north-west South Australia and has resided in Adelaide on Kaurna Yarta, South Australia. Simone is the inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous at Flinders University. She also lectures to Indigenous and non-Indigenous students each year, representing her educational philosophy of privileging Indigenous cultures, languages and ideologies as a deconstruction and de-colonising educational process. Simone is been part of four Aboriginal women academic/artist collective, The Unbound Collective, who enacts critical creative responses to colonial archives.