Indigenous Australian memoir & biography

Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography

Johnathan Thurston: The Autobiography

Johnathan Thurston, James Phelps

The autobiography of the league legend.

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A Long Way from No Go

A Long Way from No Go

Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Julie Szego

This is a memoir of an Aboriginal woman, Tjanara Goreng Goreng, who began life without any of the advantages of her fellow non-Indigenous Australians except for grit, humour and diverse talent in spades. Through one woman's story,...

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 Read reviewGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

Anita Heiss

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

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Simply Ing

Simply Ing

Helen (Ing) Nellie, Margaret O'Brien

Born Ellie Nellie on an Aboriginal reserve in Western Australia's south west, she was nicknamed Ing by her family. Removed from her loving parents under government policy at the age of five, Ing was placed in a mission and denied...

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A Man Called Yarra

A Man Called Yarra

Stan Yarramunua, Robert Hillman

A Man Called Yarra is an inspiring memoir of overcoming hardship and striving for a better life.

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Tracker

Alexis Wright

Winner of the Stella Prize 2018Miles Franklin-winning author Alexis Wright has crafted a memoir in story form of the charismatic Indigenous leader Tracker Tilmouth, and an epic portrait of a important...

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My Place

My Place

Sally Morgan

Traces the experiences of Sally Morgan's life, growing up in Perth in the 50s & 60s. Through the memories and images of her childhood and adolescence, vague hints and echoes begin to emerge and a fascinating story unfolds - a...

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Too Afraid to Cry

Too Afraid to Cry

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Too Afraid to Cry is a memoir that, in bare blunt prose and piercingly lyrical verse, gives witness to the human cost of policies that created the Stolen Generations of Indigenous people in Australia. It is a narrative of good and...

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Don't Take Your Love To Town

Don’t Take Your Love To Town

Ruby Langford Ginibi

This is a story of extraordinary courage in the face of poverty and tragedy. She writes about the changing ways of life in Aboriginal communities - rural and urban; the disintegration of traditional lifestyles and the sustaining...

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Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child

Alice’s Daughter: Lost Mission Child

Jackie Ferro, Rhonda Collard-Spratt

My story is not about blame. It's about sharing history that belongs to all of Australia. I needed a push, but I am happy to finally give little Rhonda a voice, so that my.....

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Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Doris Garimara Pilkington

The film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on a true account of Doris Pilkington's mother Molly, who as a young girl led her two sisters on an extraordinary 1,600 kilometre walk home. Under Western Australia's removal policy of the...

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Two Sisters: A True Story

Two Sisters: A True Story

Ngarta Jinny Bent, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Pat Lowe, Eirlys Richards

Ngarta and Jukuna lived in the Great Sandy Desert. They traversed country according to the seasons, just as the Walmajarri people had done for thousands of years. But it was a time of change. Desert people who had lived with...

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Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Of Ashes and Rivers That Run to the Sea

Marie Munkara

Heartbreaking, darkly funny and deeply moving, Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea is a fearless account of being a young woman caught between two worlds.

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Things I Carry Around: The bestselling memoir from the ARIA Award-winning country music star

Things I Carry Around: The bestselling memoir from the ARIA Award-winning country music star

Troy Cassar-Daley, Tom Gilling

A born storyteller, Troy Cassar-Daley has at last turned his talent to sharing his own inspiring life. For the first time, Troy talks about his early life - how his parent's divorce changed things for...

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Speaking From The Heart

Speaking From The Heart

Sally Morgan

Eighteen Aboriginal Australians from across the country each share a powerful story which is central to their own lives, and or to their family or community.

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The Bauhinia Tree: The Life of Kankawa Olive Knight

The Bauhinia Tree: The Life of Kankawa Olive Knight

Yuwali

The memoir of Olive Knight (Kankawa Nagarra), a Wangkajungka woman who has led the most extraordinary life.

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 Read reviewOld Man's Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Old Man’s Story: The Last Thoughts of Kakadu Elder Bill Neidjie

Bill Neidjie, Mark Lang

Right then,' he said with a sigh, and then turned to me with a grin. 'I tell you story, eh!' Then he said something which really floored me: 'I been waiting for you. You been waiting for me.' And so began Bill Neidjie's...

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 Read reviewNot Just Black and White

Not Just Black and White

Lesley Williams, Tammy Williams

Two remarkable women tell an inspirational story about the power of family and pursuing your dreams. Lesley Williams is forced to leave Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement and her family at a young age to work as a domestic servant....

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 Read reviewAm I Black Enough For You?

Am I Black Enough For You?

Anita Heiss

The author gives a firsthand account of her experience as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Australian father and explains the development of her activists consciousness

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Auntie Rita

Auntie Rita

Jackie Huggins, Rita Huggins

Rita Huggins was stolen from her country as a child, and taken to the Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve. From that time, Rita had the desire to make something better for herself, her family, and the Aboriginal people. The 1960s ushered...

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