Australian poet, artist, teacher, and activist who was the first female Aboriginal to publish a poetry collection. Her works include The Dawn is at Hand (poems), Little Fella (children's literature), and The Spirit of Australia (non-fiction).
She fought for Aboriginal Australian rights in her youth and quickly ascended to fame after the 1964 publication of her first poetry collection.
She was held captive for several days by Palestinian hijackers of a 1974 British Airways flight.
She was married to Bruce Walker and had a son and a daughter.
She and Kenneth Slessor were both 20th-century Australian poets.