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David Unaipon - hidden heroes of Australian HistoryDavid Unaipon was born in 1872 in Point Macleay, South Australia. He was a man of intelligence, religious faith and vision. He believed there's a similarity between Christian and Aboriginal values. He strived in improving education of Aboriginal people. Devoting his life to teaching people to understand Aboriginal culture and rights "an enduring record of our customs, beliefs, and imaginings".
He was the first Aboriginal to write and publish a book in Australia. His most famous books were Aboriginal Legends (1927) and Native Legends (1929) which was retelling traditional stories and arguing for the rights of Aborigines. He also wrote Myths and Legends of the Australian Aboriginals in 1930, but it was shamelessly published by William Ramsay Smith without David Unaipon’s permission, or his name on it.
Not only was David Unaipon spending his life defending and teaching people about his culture, and writing books he also was an inventor! Being known as the Australian Leonardo for his mechanical idea's, which included anticipatory drawings of a helicopter propeller based on the simplicity of a boomerang (this was way back in 1914 before helicopters were even invented). In 1903 David unaipon also had a brilliant invention to improve the life of a sheep shearer. But due to not having enough money to research and produce, many of his ideas went to waste.

David Unaipon - hidden heroes of Australian History
He was recognized for his efforts in 199- by having his portrait on the $50 note when they became plastic.
David Unaipon is an important role model for our Australian identity because he contributed to the campaign of getting Aboriginal rights. Which did happen in the 1960's. He also was important because he preserved the great tridition on paper of Aboriginal stories and legends.

In 1953 he received the Coronation medal. There is a portrait of Unaipon in the South Australia Museum.


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