Lowitja O’Donoghue biography

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In this interview of BREAKING GROUND, Lowitja O’Donoghue talks about her long struggle to win admission to a training hospital, where she became the first black nurse in South Australia.


Later, she became more involved in Aboriginal rights and worked tirelessly for her people.


In 1976, Lowitja was the first Aboriginal woman to be awarded an Order of Australia. In 1983 she was honoured with a CBE and in 1984 she was made Australian of the Year.


In March 1990 Lowitja became the founding chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.

Lowitja was born at Indulkana in the remote north-west of South Australia in 1932, a time when the situation for Aboriginal people could not have been more desperate.


She never knew her white father.


At the age of two she was taken away from her mother, who she was not to see for another 33 years.


Her quest to be reunited with her mother is central to her story.

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