New Australian biography & memoir

Leaping into Waterfalls: The Enigmatic Gillian Mears

Leaping into Waterfalls: The Enigmatic Gillian Mears

Bernadette Brennan

Leaping into Waterfalls explores the rich, tumultuous life of Gillian Mears, one of Australia's most significant writers of the last forty years.

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 Special priceHome Truths: A Memoir

Home Truths: A Memoir

David Williamson

The revealing and candid memoir of Australia's legendary playwright and screenwriter

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 Read reviewFunkytown

Funkytown

Paul Kennedy

Funkytown is a love letter to adolescence, football, family and outer suburbia

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All About Yves: Notes from a Transition

All About Yves: Notes from a Transition

Yves Rees

A timely and thought-provoking memoir about the trans experience.

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Whole Notes

Ed Ayres

Life Lessons Through Music

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Ten Thousand Aftershocks

Ten Thousand Aftershocks

Michelle Tom

A powerful, poetic and moving memoir of family, violence and estrangement, from a stunning new literary voice

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Dear Son: Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons

Dear Son: Letters and Reflections from First Nations Fathers and Sons

Thomas Mayor

Dear Son shares heartfelt letters written by First Nations men about life, masculinity, love, culture and racism.

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 Read reviewMy Friend Fox

My Friend Fox

Heidi Everett

An exquisite literary memoir about the the wonder, the humour, and the realities that exist beyond what is printed in a mental health file

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28: A Memoir of Football, Addiction, Art, Masculinity and Love

28: A Memoir of Football, Addiction, Art, Masculinity and Love

Brandon Jack

A brutally honest memoir that completely rethinks what it means to be a man.

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Our Sunburnt Country

Our Sunburnt Country

Anika Molesworth

Our Sunburnt Country shows that there is a way to protect our land, our food and our future, and it is within our grasp.

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Daring to Fly

Daring to Fly

Lisa Millar

A story about conquering fear and finding joy ... a girl from country Queensland who found a way to see (and report on) trauma and horror, while still holding on to joy.

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Roots

Roots

SBS Emerging Writers' Competition

Roots brings us thirty of the best stories chosen from more than 2000 entries in the inaugural SBS Emerging Writers' Competition. Voices from a new vein of emerging Australian literary talent.

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Ill Feelings: Stories of Unexplained Illness

Ill Feelings: Stories of Unexplained Illness

Alice Hattrick

A moving and defiant debut from a bold new voice in narrative nonfiction,

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Power Play

Power Play

Julia Banks

An explosive memoir-meets-handbook from the bravest woman in modern Australian politics, helping empower women in or aspiring to leadership.

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Nellie: The Life and Loves of Dame Nellie Melba

Nellie: The Life and Loves of Dame Nellie Melba

Robert Wainwright

The tumultuous life of Australia's most famous opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba.

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The Education of Young Donald Trilogy: Including Confessions of a New Boy and Portrait of an Optimist

The Education of Young Donald Trilogy: Including Confessions of a New Boy and Portrait of an Optimist

Donald Horne, Julia Horne, Nick Horne, Tracy Sorenson

A classic of Australian literature, The Education of Young Donald Trilogy combines Donald Horne's three autobiographies in one volume.

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 Read reviewLate Bloomer: How an Autism Diagnosis Changed My Life

Late Bloomer: How an Autism Diagnosis Changed My Life

Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow grew up feeling like she'd missed a key memo on human behaviour. Then at age 36 she received a life-changing diagnosis: she was autistic.

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Blessed: The Breakout Year of Rampaging Roy Slaven

Blessed: The Breakout Year of Rampaging Roy Slaven

John Doyle

Who is Rampaging Roy Slaven? John Doyle, the man who knows him best, delves into the early years of the master of midfield mayhem.

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 Special priceLast Shot

Last Shot

Jock Zonfrillo, Jimmy Barnes

A coming-of-age memoir of addiction, ambition and redemption in the high-stakes world of Michelin star kitchens.

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Below the Edge of Darkness

Below the Edge of Darkness

Edith Widder

An exhilarating underwater exploration for readers wanting to recapture their sense of wonder

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Bad Boy Boogie

Bad Boy Boogie

Jeff Apter

The life, death and rock'n'roll rollercoaster career of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott.

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Daughter of the River Country

Daughter of the River Country

Dianne O'Brien

From a victim of the ‘stolen generations' comes a remarkable memoir of abuse, survival - and ultimately hope.

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 Read reviewImaginative Possession: Learning to Live in the Antipodes

Imaginative Possession: Learning to Live in the Antipodes

Belinda Probert

Wondering how migrants can fully settle on this ancient continent, Belinda Probert bought a property in the "country" to observe things more closely and learn to garden differently

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 Read reviewThe First Time I Thought I Was Dying

The First Time I Thought I Was Dying

Sarah Walker

A dazzling collection of essays that unpacks our unruly bodies and minds and questions why we are taught to fear and punish them, from an exciting and award-winning new author

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 Read reviewMuddy People: A Memoir

Muddy People: A Memoir

Sara El Sayed

A hilarious, heartwarming memoir of growing up and becoming oneself in an Egyptian Muslim family

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 Read reviewThe Mother Wound

The Mother Wound

Amani Haydar

A story of female resilience and the role of motherhood in the home and in the world, Amani Haydar uses her own strength to help other survivors find their voices.

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Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud

Too Migrant, Too Muslim, Too Loud

Mehreen Faruqi

A no-holds-barred memoir and outspoken manifesto from Senator, role model, and modern Australian hero Mehreen Faruqi.

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Recipe for a Kinder Life

Recipe for a Kinder Life

Annie Smithers

Recipe for a Kinder Life offers a guiding hand for anyone, from the city to the regions, who yearns to live more gently. It is about caring for land and reaping the bounty. 

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The Keeper of Miracles

The Keeper of Miracles

Phillip Maisel

The memoir of a Holocaust survivor keeping alive the stories of his generation.

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Happy Endings

Happy Endings

Bella Green

Happy Endings is a hilarious and compelling memoir from a bright and bold new Australian voice.

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Dissolve

Dissolve

Nikki Gemmell

This story of a writer finding her voice, struggling to have a room of her own, is the story of ALL women finding space for themselves against the 'very important men' in their lives. It's the story of every woman's life.

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Lovers and Others

Lovers and Others

Tom Lowenstein

In this richly illustrated volume full of photographs from Lowenstein's personal archives documenting his long-standing friendships and reflecting the volume's heady mixture of accounting, art and wine.

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 Read reviewFury

Fury

Kathryn Heyman

A raw, painfully honest, heartbreaking account of a young woman raising herself out of abuse and poverty to become her own hero.

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Good Indian Daughter

Good Indian Daughter

Ruhi Lee

Good Indian Daughter is a brutally honest yet brilliantly funny memoir for anyone who's ever felt like a let-down.

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The Most I Could Be: A Renaissance Story

The Most I Could Be: A Renaissance Story

Dale Kent

In a memoir spanning continents and a lifetime of scholarship, a trailblazing historian recounts her struggles since the 1960s in her search for fulfilment both as a scholar and a woman.

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The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent

The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Dissent

Gideon Haigh

The Brilliant Boy is a feat of remarkable historical perception, deep research and masterful storytelling. It confirms Gideon Haigh as not only our finest cricket writer, but one of our best writers of non-fiction. 

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Gough and Me

Gough and Me

Christine Sykes

Written with genuine heart and humour, Gough and Me is a nostalgic and deeply personal memoir of social mobility, cultural diversity, and the unprecedented opportunities that the Whitlam era gave one Australian working-class...

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Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Racism: Stories on Fear, Hate and Bigotry

Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, Phoebe Grainer

Are we a nation of racists? Thirty-nine writers confront our darkest truths in this fearless collection of short stories, poems and essays from the margins of Australia.

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Turns Out, I'm Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Turns Out, I’m Fine: How Not to Fall Apart

Judith Lucy

In her most candid and insightful book yet, Judith looks at her family and relationships to understand how despite being a feminist, her hopes and expectations have been shaped by men - including her work.

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Mother and I: The History of a Wilful Family

Mother and I: The History of a Wilful Family

Ianto Ware

Driven by humour, insight, and love, this is part family memoir, part history of working class life, and part homage to suburban eccentricity

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Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

Justine Cullen

In her collection of autobiographical essays, fashion magazine editor Justine Cullen takes us on a hilariously candid exploration of her life so far - and all the mistakes she's made along the way.

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The Women's Doc

The Women’s Doc

Caroline de Costa

Funny and poignant stories from the labour ward and from the frontline of campaigns for women's reproductive rights, from Australia's best known obstetrician.

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 Read reviewThe Three Burials of Lotty Kneen

The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen

Krissy Kneen

From Stella Prize-shortlisted author Krissy Kneen comes an intergenerational study of family-a journey into memory, trauma and the lifelong secrets of a towering matriarch.

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 Read reviewThe Care Factor

The Care Factor

Ailsa Wild

A portrait of a nurse in Australia as she returns to the ICU and encounters the frontline of the pandemic crisis on many fronts.    

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 Read reviewThe Shape Of Sound

The Shape Of Sound

Fiona Murphy

A vivid and essential memoir of deafness, disability and identity by Australian writer Fiona Murphy

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Full Credit to the Boys

Full Credit to the Boys

Mel Hoffman

Mel Hofmann charts the highs and lows of life on the sidelines of a professional sport career. Hilarious, biting and unabashed, it's a story for sports lovers and haters alike - an insider's look at a life dedicated to the games...

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 Read reviewThe Believer

The Believer

Sarah Krasnostein

From award-winning author Sarah Krasnostein comes an exploration of the power of belief.     

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Monsters

Monsters

Alison Croggon

From award-winning writer and critic Alison Croggon, Monsters is a hybrid of memoir and essay that takes as its point of departure the painful breakdown of a relationship between two sisters. 

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 Read reviewLapsed

Lapsed

Monica Dux

What happens when a good Catholic girl goes AWOL?

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Two Cultures, One Story

Two Cultures, One Story

Dr Robert Isaacs, Tanaz Byramji

Told with grace and strength, this memoir shares the inside story of a respected Elder and his drive to break down cultural barriers and improve the lives of his people.

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 Read reviewSex, Lies and Question Time

Sex, Lies and Question Time

Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis bursts the Canberra bubble to reveal what life is like for our female MPs, and why it's the best and worst job in the world.

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You Don't Belong Here

You Don’t Belong Here

Elizabeth Becker

The never-before-told story of three women who courageously reported from the frontlines of the Vietnam War.     

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 Read reviewCar Crash: A Memoir

Car Crash: A Memoir

Lech Blaine

What is it like to survive a crash that kills your best friends, and how do you move on? From an exceptional debut writer comes a stunning memoir about grief, perseverance and courage.

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 Read reviewEating with My Mouth Open

Eating with My Mouth Open

Sam van Zweden

Eating with My Mouth Open is food writing like you've never seen before: honest, brave, and exceptionally tasty. Lyrically written, Sam van Zweden offers a millennial response to classic food writers, revelling in body positivity...

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Loud

Loud

Tana Douglas

What goes on tour stays on tour - unless you're the the first woman roadie in the world

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You've Got To Be Kidding

You’ve Got To Be Kidding

Todd Alexander

The hilarious new take on country life by one of Australia's bestselling authors  

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Into the Loneliness

Into the Loneliness

Eleanor Hogan

Both famous in their day, Daisy Bates and Ernestine Hill were bestselling writers who told of life in the vast Australian interior. Eleanor Hogan reflects on the lives and work of these indefatigable women. With sensitivity and...

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He.

He.

Murray Bail

Fragments and reflections from the life of a revered Australian writer

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the Eye of the Storm

Robert Reynolds, Shirleene Robinson, Paul Sendziuk

Tells the remarkable story of AIDS volunteers who engaged in a struggle for life against death. For the first time, by focusing on individual life stories, this book explores the crucial role of the men and women who volunteered...

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With My Little Eye

With My Little Eye

Sandra Hogan

With My Little Eye is a poignant and very funny account of a peculiar childhood in 1950s suburban Australia.  

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Christmas Tales

Christmas Tales

William McInnes

'Tis the season to be jolly! One of Australia's favourite storytellers is back with a collection of stories about everyone's favourite family holiday.

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Women of a Certain Rage

Women of a Certain Rage

Liz Byrski

This book is the result of what happened when Liz Byrski asked twenty Australian women from widely different backgrounds, races, beliefs and identities to take up the challenge of writing about rage.

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In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra

In My Past Life I Was Cleopatra

Amal Awad

A sceptical believer's journey through the new age.

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The Rock

The Rock

Aaron Smith

Journalist Aaron Smith's new memoir holds  up a unique mirror to Australia. What he sees is at once amazing, disturbing  and revealing. 

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Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family

Bachar Houli: Faith, Football and Family

Bachar Houli, Waleed Aly

Writing for the first time, Houli explores the experiences and beliefs that sparked his trailblazing success as a Muslim footballer, and that established him as a leading voice within the AFL community for inclusion, understanding...

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Belief

Belief

Marlion Pickett, Dave Warner

From prison to premiership glory; this is Marlion Pickett's extraordinary story.

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Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy Goes to Canberra

Cathy McGowan

Whenever anyone tells you that only the big parties or star candidates have a chance of winning a seat in federal parliament, just say 'Cathy McGowan'.

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Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Mark Mordue

The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.  

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The Handbag of Happiness

The Handbag of Happiness

Alannah Hill

Part agony aunt, part moral philosopher and irrepressibly curious, Alannah Hill shares her unique take on how to fathom life's ticking timebombs of adversity with her inimitable blend of gothic hilarity and old-fashioned...

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Son of the Brush: A memoir

Son of the Brush: A memoir

Tim Olsen

Tim Olsen is the son of arguably Australia's greatest living artist, Dr John Olsen. Son of the Brush is his fascinating, candid memoir of what it was like to grow up in the shadow of artistic genius, with all its wonder,...

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Love Marriage in Kabul

Love Marriage in Kabul

Sanaz Fotouhi

In 2006, Sanaz Fotouhi, a young woman in her twenties, travels to Afghanistan with her partner to make a film Seven years and four trips later their feature documentary Love Marriage in Kabul wins awards and the hearts of...

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Sad Mum Lady

Sad Mum Lady

Ashe Davenport

Unapologetic and frank, Sad Mum Lady navigates the joys of motherhood in ways that will be familiar, hilarious and essential reading for parents and non-parents alike. Savage, true and deeply relatable - finally, a book that...

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Lioness

Lioness

Sue Brierley

Saroo Brierley's journey home to a small village in India with the help of Google Earth became an internationally bestselling book and inspired the major motion picture Lion. But the story of how his adoptive mother, Sue, came...

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 Read reviewOne Day I'll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995

Helen Garner

In this second volume of diaries from one of Australia's greatest writers, we see Garner in love; asking herself questions about relationships, individuality, morality and contentment.      

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Searching for Charlotte

Searching for Charlotte

Kate Forsyth, Belinda Murrell

The extraordinary, long-buried life story of Australia's earliest published children's author, Searching for Charlotte combines elements of biography, recreation of history and rediscovery of family history. It is a sometimes...

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Truths from an Unreliable Witness

Truths from an Unreliable Witness

Fiona O'Loughlin

Truths from an Unreliable Witness is a fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir of melancholy, love, marriage, the loss of love and marriage, homelessness, of hotel rooms strewn with empty mini-bar bottles of vodka, of waking from a...

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You Shouldn't Have Joined ...

You Shouldn’t Have Joined …

Peter Cosgrove

You Shouldn't Have Joined ... (an expression much used during his days as a soldier) is the story of Sir Peter Cosgrove's extraordinarily full and eventful life.

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Untwisted: the Story of My Life

Untwisted: the Story of My Life

Paul Jennings

Paul Jennings has crafted perhaps his most masterful story yet ... the story of his life.    

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Gary Ablett: An Autobiography

Gary Ablett: An Autobiography

Gary Ablett

Gary Ablett: An Autobiography celebrates AFL legend Gary Ablett's stellar career. Reliving key moments and events in his life, this memoir not only explores Gary's great success at the very top of the AFL, but also his journey to...

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 Read reviewUnseen

Unseen

Jacinta Parsons

Jacinta Parsons was in her twenties when she first began to feel unwell - the kind of unwell that didn't go away. Doctors couldn't explain why, and Jacinta wondered if it might be in her head. But she could barely function, was...

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Max

Max

Alex Miller

An astonishing, moving tribute to Alex's friend, Max Blatt, that is at once a meditation on memory itself, on friendship and a reminder to the reader that history belongs to humanity.

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Lowitja

Lowitja

Stuart Rintoul, Lowitja O'Donoghue

Lowitja O'Donoghue is a truly great Australian. She is arguably our nation's most recognised Indigenous woman. A powerful and unrelenting advocate for her people, an inspiration for many, a former Australian of the Year, she sat...

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