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Holocaust Survivor Helps Launch William Cooper Book in Adelaide to the Sounds of Jimmy Little’s “Yorta Yorta Man” and Geoff Bullock’s song “The Great South Lands of the Holy Spirit” Stirs Hearts at the Launch of the European Quest Book

By Barbara Miller

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Left-Andrew Steiner, Barbara and Norman Miller and Jenny Hagger Photo – Rhonda Pooley Right-Barbara Launching her books, Photo – Andrew Lothian
Left Pic-Andrew Steiner, Barbara and Norman Miller and Jenny Hagger Photo – Rhonda Pooley
Right Pic-Barbara Launching her books, Photo – Andrew Lothian

Thanks to Jenny Hagger, Director of AHOPFAN and team who organised my book launch for the State Library on 10 July. Norman and I arrived in Adelaide about 11am from Perth on Monday 7 July and we immediately did an interview by phone with Christian radio from Brisbane on National Aboriginal and Islander Observance Committee (NAIDOC). My first book is about William Cooper who is the father or originator of NAIDOC, the first one being held in January 1940 on the first Sunday before Australia Day. On Wednesday, Norman did interviews with ABC Cairns and Christian radio re NAIDOC.

Greg Sinclair, a relative of William Cooper, was not at a Wednesday meeting of the Adelaide Aboriginal and Islander Congress but Norman met him at the NAIDOC march Friday morning. We spoke at a number of meetings while in Adelaide, having a full schedule.

I had invited Andrew Steiner, a sculptor and Holocaust survivor to meet us at the State Library at 1.30pm before our 2-4pm book launch on Thursday. I had not met Andrew but have been on regular teleconferences with him assisting Alf Turner or Uncle Boydie to complete his grandfather William Cooper’s unfinished business. Norman asked him to address the book launch.

Left Pic-Andrew Steiner, Barbara & Norman Photo – Rhonda Pooley Right Pic-Jenny addressing book launch Photo - Andrew Lothian
Left Pic-Andrew Steiner, Barbara & Norman Photo – Rhonda Pooley
Right Pic-Jenny addressing book launch Photo – Andrew Lothian

Thanks to Jenny Hagger, Director of AHOPFAN and team who organised my book launch for the State Library on 10 July. Norman and I arrived in Adelaide about 11am from Perth on Monday 7 July and we immediately did an interview by phone with Christian radio from Brisbane on National Aboriginal and Islander Observance Committee (NAIDOC). My first book is about William Cooper who is the father or originator of NAIDOC, the first one being held in January 1940 on the first Sunday before Australia Day. On Wednesday, Norman did interviews with ABC Cairns and Christian radio re NAIDOC.

Greg Sinclair, a relative of William Cooper, was not at a Wednesday meeting of the Adelaide Aboriginal and Islander Congress but Norman met him at the NAIDOC march Friday morning. We spoke at a number of meetings while in Adelaide, having a full schedule.

I had invited Andrew Steiner, a sculptor and Holocaust survivor to meet us at the State Library at 1.30pm before our 2-4pm book launch on Thursday. I had not met Andrew but have been on regular teleconferences with him assisting Alf Turner or Uncle Boydie to complete his grandfather William Cooper’s unfinished business. Norman asked him to address the book launch.

Book launch – Front Row L to R Cynthia Lothian, Gael Harrison, Brian Hagger, Norman & Barbara, Photo – Andrew Lothian
Book launch – Front Row L to R Cynthia Lothian, Gael Harrison, Brian Hagger, Norman & Barbara, Photo – Andrew Lothian

Book Launch on Replica of First Ship to Bring Europeans to Australia

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What a historic venue to have a book launch 4.30 – 6pm June 30 on the Duyfken 1606 Replica in the Fremantle Fishing Harbour!!

Barbara’s Book launch Photo - Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation
Barbara’s Book launch Photo – Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation

Thanks to the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation and volunteers for their support for the launch of my book “The European Quest to Find Terra Australis Incognita: Quiros, Torres and Janszoon” on the Duyfken 1606 Replica in the Fremantle Fishing Harbour. With a crowd of 50 people and a balmy day, I enjoyed sharing about my book. Thanks also to my husband Norman who was MC, Nick Burningham, a Maritime Heritage consultant, Henny Crijns of the VOC Historical Society and John Longley of America’s Cup fame who all said a few words. It was the Dutch East India Company or VOC that sent the Duyfken to what became Australia from present day Indonesia. Thanks to 98five Sonshine FM radio and Fremantle Gazette for covering it, Susan Leggo for her help and all those who enthusiastically bought books.

The Fremantle Gazette link is Page null in July 08, 2014
The Fremantle Gazette July 8 2014 Lifestyle P24 “Dutch Arrival in Duyfken in Detail”

Left Pic-Photo of Barbara at Duyfken by Norman Miller June 29 Right Pic-Photo of Barbara at Duyfken by Norman Miller June 29
Left Pic-Photo of Barbara at Duyfken by Norman Miller June 29
Right Pic-Photo of Barbara at Duyfken by Norman Miller June 29

There is a thriving Dutch community in Fremantle and Perth and a thriving community of Yacht Clubs, boating and maritime history enthusiasts in Freo and Perth. My book was a hit as a maritime history of Australia and the books are now in the WA Maritime Museum, the Map and Chart Shop, the State Library bookshop, Millpoint Caffe Bookshop, Serenity Books and Oxford St Books.

Keep an eye out for a review of the European Quest book by Dr Howard Gray in the Australian Association of Maritime History’s journal, The Great Circle.

Norman and I had many other speaking engagements as well while we were in Perth at which people took the opportunity to pick up the European Quest book or my William Cooper book, especially as it was the start of NAIDOC with William Cooper being the father of NAIDOC.

We attended the NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony which ran from 12pm – 4pm at Wellington Square, East Perth. It had 3 huge tents and was attended by thousands. A large contingent of Indigenous servicemen took part with many dignitaries present including Mr Ken Wyatt, Member for Hasluck, the first Indigenous MP in the lower house. Norman was able to get a lot of signatures on his petition for a referendum to recognize Indigenous Australians in the constitution and remove racism from it.

We went to the NAIDOC evening service at St George’s Cathedral (Anglican) meeting Kelvin Crombie there. Kelvin’s latest book is “Gallipoli – the Road to Jerusalem.” They had a special service and display to honour Indigenous servicemen which was very well attended. Kelvin’s family was represented in the display.

Left Pic-NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony 2014 Photo - Barbara Miller Right Pic-NAIDOC Service St George’s Cathedral Photo - Barbara Miller
Left Pic-NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony 2014 Photo – Barbara Miller
Right Pic-NAIDOC Service St George’s Cathedral
Photo – Barbara Miller

Available in Bookstores

I now have my books about de Quiros and other explorers who searched for the great South Land in the following stores in Brisbane – Dymocks, CBD, Angus & Robertson Post Office Square, Avid Reader, West End, Christian Supplies, Milton and Qld Museum and Qld State Library bookshops. Also the William Cooper book. The former is also in the Catholic Bookshop in Canberra and both are in Koorong stores around Australia. Some libraries have copies eg AIATSIS, National Library, Qld State Library and Brisbane Square Library. Bridges for Peace supports their wonderful work by carrying a number of titles including my William Cooper book.

Courage to Care exhibition opening

Barbara at Courage to Care Program Brisbane 5 June 2014I was privileged to attend the opening of the Courage to Care exhibition and program in Brisbane on 5 June 14 and I’m pictured beside one of the exhibits. It honours William Cooper for leading the only known private protest worldwide against Kristallnacht in 1938 when he and the Australian Aborigines League walked from his home in Footscray to the German Consulate in Melbourne to deliver a letter of protest which was not received. Kristallnacht was the start of the Holocaust. Cooper was a Christian and a campaigner for his people.
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Uncle Boydie Achieves His Dreams

Yorta Yorta elder Alf (Uncle Boydie) Turner fulfilled a long-held dream in Canberra this week by handing a petition to Sir Peter Cosgrove, the Governor General, on 27 May 2014, the 47th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and the first day of Reconciliation Week. The Governor-General undertook to send a copy to the Queen. Abe Schwarz and I accompanied Uncle Boydie with David Jack on camera.

Continue Reading on the Uncle Boydie Petition Page: on the Uncle Boydie Petition Page

Prince William meets with Uncle Boydie

Prince William, a staffer, Matt Busby Andrews, Alf (Uncle Boydie) Turner and Abe Schwarz
Prince William, a staffer, Matt Busby Andrews, Alf (Uncle Boydie) Turner and Abe Schwarz
Prince William, Matt Busby Andrews, Abe Schwarz, Alf (Uncle Boydie) Turner and staffer. Matt and Abe are part of Uncle Boydie's Dream team.
Prince William, Matt Busby Andrews, Abe Schwarz, Alf (Uncle Boydie) Turner and staffer. Matt and Abe are part of Uncle Boydie’s Dream team.

They met Prince William on Good Friday at Admiralty House in Sydney for a standing meeting of about 5 minutes and Uncle Boydie was able to give him a letter explaining the petition and his desire to hand it to the Queen. The meeting was positive. On another front, correspondence is ongoing between the Australian Governor-Generals staff and Buckingham Palace staff.

Here also is the newsclip from SBS TV (18th April), which summarises part of the story… in less than a minute! If you open the link (or copy and paste it into the browser), you’ll find Uncle Boydie at timestamp 16.25 – 17.24

Link for news report:
http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/230228035667/SBS-World-News-18-April-630-part-1

One Story Of Australia’s Connection With Nelson Mandela

By Barbara Miller 9.12.13 

With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the world mourns but also celebrates the life of an extra-ordinary man of great vision, great passion for justice, a model of humility, forgiveness, grace, dignity and perseverance. He was a courageous leader, a world statesman, a man of great maturity and compassion, one who made the hard decisions with love. As the accolades pour in from everywhere, we know the world is richer for his life. Not only is he the father of South Africa but he is a father to all those who choose reconciliation instead of bitterness, love rather than hate and understanding rather than fear.

There are undoubtedly many stories of the lives touched by Nelson Mandela. There are undoubtedly many stories of people and nations who worked to change South Africa’s apartheid policies and bring freedom and dignity to the people. One such story is told via an extract from my book about an Aboriginal pioneer for civil rights in Australia – William Cooper.

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William Cooper’s Descendant Used “Bolt Law” To Challenge Racial Vilification

By Barbara Miller 10.12.13

‘We’re so pleased with the outcome, for all our people,’ said Dr Atkinson, an academic. ‘Especially for the younger people coming through, who really shouldn’t have to deal with that continual stuff to have to justify their identity.’[1]

This was the response of one of the applicants, Dr Wayne Atkinson, a descendant of pioneer Aboriginal civil rights campaigner, William Cooper.  It referred to the case of Eatock v Bolt where columnist Andrew Bolt was successfully taken to court by a group of Aborigines using Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Many conservatives were upset at the outcome and Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis, has set it as his first task in government to remove or weaken Section 18C which has become known as “Bolt’s law”.

There has been a flood of objections to the government’s plan to abolish or emasculate race hate laws. Leaders of Indigenous and ethnic groups have combined in signing a statement of concern about the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act – the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the Arab Council of Australia, the Chinese Australian Forum, the Australian Hellenic Council, the Lebanese Muslim Association and the Armenian National Council of Australia.[2]

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Australia/ Israel & Jewish Affairs Council Article

Please see the link below to an article by Jeremy Jones on the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council website.

The Last Word: Demonstrating Decency
http://www.aijac.org.au/news/article/the-last-word-demonstrating-decency
-Jeremy Jones of AIJAC’s comment on Barbara’s speech to Sydney Jewish Museum on the launch of her book