First woman chair of ATSIC - Born in 1932 in a remote Aboriginal community, Lowitja (Lois) O’Donoghue became the founding chairperson of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission in 1990. In 1999 Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, was awarded the CBE, AM for public service and leadership to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
WAR HERO Tarenorerer (aka Walyer) Born in Tasmania around 1800, it is believed that Tarenorer was sold to white sealers on the Bass Strait Islands in her teens ... She quickly learnt to speak English fluently... In 1828 she escaped from the sealers and returned to her country, where she gathered men and women from different groups to initiate warfare against the invaders. She personally trained her warriors... (Painting: Walyer by Julie Downing)