Famous Australian Human Rights Activists

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 1 Edith Cowan

Edith Dircksey Cowan
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Famous As: Social Campaigner
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geraldton, Western Australia
Died: June 9, 1932

Edith Cowan was an Australian social reformer best remembered for serving as a member of parliament; she was the first Australian woman to do so. She is also remembered for working for the welfare and rights of children and women. In recognition of her contribution, Cowan has been depicted on Australia's fifty-dollar note since 1995.

 2 Charles Perkins

Charles Perkins
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Famous As: Soccer player
Birthdate: June 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Alice Springs
Died: October 18, 2000

Charles Perkins had initially been a footballer who played for teams such as Everton and coached Pan-Hellenic to fund his university studies. He later gained recognition as an Aboriginal activist after organizing the Freedom Ride to protest against racial discrimination and became the Secretary of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

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 3 Oodgeroo Noonuccal

Oodgeroo Noonuccal
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Famous As: Poet, Author, Human rights activist, Writer
Birthdate: November 3, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stradbroke Island
Died: September 16, 1993

Oodgeroo Noonuccal was an Aboriginal Australian poet, political activist, artist, and educator. She became the first Aboriginal Australian to publish a book of verse. She emerged as a prominent political activist in the 1960s and campaigned for aboriginal rights. She was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and won many literary awards.

 4 Patrick Dodson

Patrick Dodson
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Famous As: Senator
Birthdate: January 29, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Broome, Western Australia, Australia