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Kitty, the great mother

Of all the matriarchs in recent Indigenous history, few are more significant than Kitty. She was the Mother of William Cooper, was born in the early to mid 1820s, before settlement, or white settlement in that area. Kitty was from the Wollithiga or Wallithica Tribe. Kitty, it is said, was born near the Moira Lakes,  Full Article…


William Cooper’s early years – in black and white

William Cooper fully identified as an Aboriginal man. But he never denied that he was also “European.” He was very much aware of his heritage on both sides. William was the son of Kitty. Her surname was, sometimes Atkinson, sometimes Cooper. She was earlier known as Kitty Lewis possibly because of the original owner of  Full Article…


William Cooper, John Needham and the Creation of NAIDOC

After some promising discussions with Prime Minister Joseph Lyons in the late 1930s, it became clear to William Cooper and his colleagues at the Australian Aborigines’ League that the federal government was not going to do anything for the Indigenous cause. The cabinet was stonewalling the Petition to the King. The message came back to  Full Article…


William Cooper Persuades a Missionary

William Cooper may have become friends with the missionary, Rev John Gribble, in the 1870s at Maloga. But he also cultivated a warm friendship with that churchman’s son, Rev E. R. B. Gribble, who also became a missionary. By the 1930s, Cooper was an ageing man in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne; Gribble a determined  Full Article…