First Nations

The rock who steadied us in the storm

Posted on: Fri 24 May 2024

Yankunytjatjara woman Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue AC CBE DSG was taken from her mother at the age of 2. She died this year at the age of 91. First Nations leader Noel Pearson described her as “The greatest Aboriginal leader of the modern era. The rock who steadied us in the storm’. Her niece Deb Edwards shares her own perspective of this important figure in our country’s story. Deb is helping to continue the work of her aunt as the Senior Project Officer with the Lowitja O’Donoghue Foundation through the Lowitja Institute, the only national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health research institute.

Producer/interviewer: Nicky Page

Photo credit: Leanne King

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