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Faith Bandler Faith Bandler i(A8398 works by) (birth name: Ida Lessing Faith Mussing)
Born: Established: 27 Sep 1920 Tumbulgum, Condong - Tumbulgum area, Murwillumbah area, Far Northeast NSW, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 13 Feb 2015 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Female
Heritage: ni-Vanuatu ; Indian ; Scottish
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Faith Bandler, an Australian civil rights activists, campaigned for the rights of Indigenous Australians and South Sea Islanders. She is best known for her leadership in the campaign for the 1967 referendum on Aboriginal Australians.

Among the awards presented to Bandler are the Degree of Doctor of Letters (Macquarie University), 1994; Jean Harris Award (Rotary), 1997; a Citation for Services to History (History Council of New South Wales), 1997 and a Meritorious Award in Honour and Gratitude for a Life of Courageous Advocacy for Justice for Indigenous People, for Human Rights, for Love and Reconciliation (Sydney Peace Foundation), 2000. A 1933 portrait of Bandler, by artist Margaret Woodward, is held by the State Library of New South Wales.

Most Referenced Works


  • Various sources give different dates of birth (1918, 1920 and 1923).

Personal Awards

2009 recipient Order of Australia Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) For distinguished service to the community through the advancement of human rights and social justice, and by raising public awareness and understanding of the cultural heritage of South Seas Islanders, and to women's issues.
2001 winner Victorian Honour Roll of Woman
1997 recipient Australian National Living Treasure

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Wacvie Adelaide : Rigby , 1977 Z159570 1977 single work novel

Faith Bandler's first novel Wacvie was based on her father's early life.

1978 highly commended National Book Council Award for Australian Literature
1979 winner Braille Book of the Year Award
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