Native Legends
by David Unaipon

David Unaipon became the first Aboriginal writer to be published.

Native Legends was published in 1929.

This 15 page booklet bears the previous owners signature on front cover and the soft cover is coming away from booklet. Inside is in very good condition!

A Ngarrindjeri man born in 1872 at the Point Macleay mission in South Australia, David Unaipon was a man of high intelligence, strong religious faith and wide vision. David Unaipon married Katherine Carter, a Tangani woman from The Coorong in January 1902.

Mr Unaipon believed there was a similarity between Christian and Aboriginal values and he preached widely and sought to improve the education of Aboriginal people. David Unaipon wanted his Aboriginal culture to be understood and took pride in his efforts to ensure that "an enduring record of our customs, beliefs, and imaginings" was preserved. David Unaipon was prominent in public life as a spokesman for Aboriginal people. In 1913 David Unaipon represented Aboriginal views at a royal commission into Aboriginal affairs and in the following decades he was able to influence government policy in several areas.

Mr Unaipon wrote stories and poetry. The annual David Unaipon Award for unpublished works by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders honours his memory.

David Unaipon was also an inventor who lodged ten patents for various inventions. However, despite his fame, David Unaipon was often refused accommodation soley because of his race. Unaipon was awarded a Coronation Medal in 1953.

Mr David Unaipon died on
7th February 1967 and buried in Point McLeay cemetery his portrait is depicted on the Australian $50.00 note.


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