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The Northern Territory Who's Who

Distinguished and Famous people from The Northern Territory

1. Albert Namatjira (1902-1959)

Albert Namatjira was an Australian Aboriginal artist and one of the country's most renowned painters. Born near Alice Springs in the MacDonnell Ranges of Central Australia, Namatjira is famous for his watercolor depictions of the landscapes and traditions of his indigenous Arrernte people.

2. Jimmy Little (1937-2012)

Jimmy Little was an Australian Aboriginal musician, actor, and philanthropist. Born in Cummeragunja Mission in New South Wales, Little spent a significant portion of his childhood in The Northern Territory. He became one of Australia's first successful Indigenous recording artists and received numerous awards for his contributions to music and Indigenous communities.

3. Yothu Yindi

Yothu Yindi was a popular music group formed in 1986, originating from Yirrkala, a small Indigenous community in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. Combining traditional Aboriginal music with contemporary rock, the band achieved international recognition with their hit song "Treaty" in 1991, advocating for Aboriginal rights and reconciliation.

4. Rosalie Kunoth-Monks

Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, also known as Ngarla Kunoth, is an Indigenous Australian activist, actor, and former nun. Born near the community of Utopia in Central Australia, she has been an influential figure in advocating for Aboriginal rights, cultural preservation, and educational initiatives. Kunoth-Monks gained international recognition for her leading role in the iconic 1955 film "Jedda."

5. Harold Daly Waters (c.1932-2004)

Harold Daly Waters, a member of the Aboriginal Namatjira family, was a respected painter and watercolorist. Born in Hermannsburg, The Northern Territory, he followed in the artistic footsteps of his cousin Albert Namatjira. Waters' artworks often captured the beauty of the MacDonnell Ranges and played a crucial role in promoting the cultural significance of Aboriginal art.

6. Nova Peris

Nova Peris is an Australian politician, athlete, and champion of Indigenous rights. Born in Darwin, Northern Territory, she became the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal as part of the women's hockey team in 1996. Peris has since served as a Senator in the Australian Parliament, actively advocating for social justice and equality.

7. David Gulpilil

David Gulpilil is an Indigenous Australian actor, dancer, and storyteller. Hailing from Maningrida, Arnhem Land, he has appeared in numerous acclaimed films, including "Walkabout" (1971) and "Crocodile Dundee" (1986). Gulpilil's performances have earned him international recognition and contributed to the representation of Aboriginal cultures in mainstream media.

8. Tracker Tilmouth (1954-2015)

Tracker Tilmouth, born Doug Nicholls Jr., was an Aboriginal leader and activist from The Northern Territory. He played a significant role in advocating for Indigenous land rights, social justice, and reconciliation in Australia. As an advisor, author, and public speaker, Tilmouth contributed to shaping national policies and promoting cultural awareness and understanding.

9. Ruby Hunter (1955-2010)

Ruby Hunter was an Australian singer-songwriter and Indigenous rights activist. Born in Streaky Bay, South Australia, she spent much of her life in The Northern Territory, working towards empowering Aboriginal communities and preserving their heritage through music. Hunter's soulful voice and poignant lyrics resonated with audiences, making her an influential figure in the Indigenous music scene.

10. Tom E. Lewis

Tom E. Lewis is an Indigenous Australian actor and musician. Originally from Ngukurr in Arnhem Land, he gained prominence for his lead role in the 1978 film "The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith." Lewis has since appeared in various film, television, and theater productions, contributing to the portrayal of Indigenous stories and culture.

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