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Issue Details: First known date: 1985... 1985 Fighters and Singers : The Lives of Some Australian Aboriginal Women
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'The literature on Australian Aborigines is vast, but much of it is strangely silent about the experiences and activities of women. This collection of stories of the eventful lives and strong characters of a number of Aboriginal women offers a more intimate and personal view. Their lives span a century of history in fifteen communities scattered from Cape York Peninsula, Arnhem Land and East Kimberley to the Western Desert, the Centre, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.' (Source: Publisher's website)


  • Dedication: For Shirley Andrew Rosser, who knows about books and cares about people.


* Contents derived from the Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 1985 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Two Dreamtimes (for Kath Walker, now Oodgeroo Noonuccal)i"Kathy my sister with the torn heart,", Judith Wright , 1973 single work poetry (p. xviiii-xxi)
Topsy Napurrula Nelson : Teacher, Philosopher and Friend, Diane Bell , 1985 single work biography

Diane Bell meets Topsy Napurrula Nelson, Topsy draw's Bell's attention to the significance of country and its bounty.

(p. 1-18)
A Teacher's Life, Pearl Duncan , 1985 single work biography
Pearl Duncan talks about her life growing up in Bundarra, and becoming a Teacher.
(p. 40-54)
Eileen McKenzie, Luise Anna Hercus , 1985 single work biography
'Biography of an Adnjanathanha woman, consisting largely of transcript reminiscences concerning mining, Ram Paddock and pastoral work'
(p. 68-75)
I Was A Drover Once Myself : Amy Laurie of Kununurra, Amy Laurie , Ann McGrath , 1985 single work biography

The story of Amy Laurie, her life and work in cattle stations around the Kimberley area.

(p. 76-89)
Lorna Dixon, Janet Mathews , 1985 single work biography
This tells the story of Lorna Dixon, a remarkable woman whose knowledge of the Wonggumara (Wangkumara) language and their traditions had been a great gift to our Australian history.
(p. 90-105)
Emily Margaret Horneville of the Muruwari, Lynette Oates , 1985 single work biography

The life story of Muruwari woman Emily Margaret Horneville, who lived a traditional and extraordinary life.

(p. 106-122)
Inyalangka, Helen Payne , 1985 single work biography
This is the story of traditional Pitjantjatjara woman, Inyalangka who as a young woman came to know Ernabella, a mission station.
(p. 123-138)
My Sister Who Mothered Me, Janice Reid , 1985 single work biography
This is the story of traditional woman Nangaypa who was born on the western side of Melville Bay in Arnhem land.
(p. 129-141)
Running Free : Three Kugu-Nganychara Women, Diana Smith , 1985 single work life story
This story by Diane Smith is about Minhathana and her two adult daughters, Yippanah and Mayimuntha who lived on an Aboriginal outstation south of Aurukun, Northern Queensland.
(p. 142-160)
Two Women of Jigalong, Myrna Tonkinson , 1985 single work life story
This story is about Maggie Milangga and Patricia Burungu who lived in th Western Desert community of Jigalong, Western Australia.
(p. 161-174)
Aunty Ellen : The Pastor's Wife, Diane Elizabeth Barwick , 1985 single work biography
This is the story of Ellen Campbell Atkinson, who married Edwin Atkinson, the first Aboriginal ordained as a pastor.
(p. 175-199)
Bandeiyama : She Keeps Going, Betty Meehan , 1985 single work biography

This story is about traditional Anbarra woman Bandeiyama, who lived in Arnhem Land.

(p. 200-213)
Mangkatina : Woman of the Desert, Isobel White , 1985 single work biography
Alice Mangkatina was born in clan country in pre-contact times, and then oved to European settlement of Yalata. This is her story of how she and her family maintained their strong ritual life.
(p. 214-226)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney,: Allen and Unwin , 1985 .
      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: xxi, 226pp.
      Description: illus., maps, ports
      • Published January 1985
      • Includes bibliography
      ISBN: 0868616206 (pbk), 0868616125, 9780868616209 (pbk)
Last amended 1 Jul 2014 14:02:23
  • Cape York Peninsula, Queensland,
  • Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
  • North east Kimberley, Kimberley area, North Western Australia, Western Australia,
  • Western Desert of South Australia, South Australia,
  • Victoria,
  • New South Wales,
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