Rosalie Kunoth-Monks OAM

Humanitarian

NTState RecipientAustralian of the Year2015

Growing up on the remote Utopia Station in the Northern Territory, Rosalie Kunoth‐Monks learnt the laws of her tribe, the Anmatjere people.  After moving to Alice Springs to attend school, Rosalie was cast in the lead role in the classic Australian film Jedda in 1953. Later, Rosalie spent a decade as a nun in a Melbourne convent before leaving to establish the first Aboriginal hostel in Victoria.  In 1970 she married, settled in Alice Springs and became involved in social work and politics.  Since then, she has been a government adviser, an interpreter, an environmental campaigner and has chaired or contributed to many boards and councils devoted to Indigenous issues.  Passionate about law, justice, education, children and youth affairs, Rosalie cares for other children besides her own and has an enduring commitment to her country and her community.  In defending her traditional way of life and her culture, Rosalie not only stands up for Indigenous people, but for all people and is respected nationwide.