Volume 17, Issue 22
Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines
David Unaipon, edited by Stephen Muecke & Adam Shoemaker, Miegunyah Press, $24.95. Paperback, 280 pages.
David Unaipon (1872–1969) was a remarkable man, possibly more widely known today than in his own lifetime, but chiefly as “the man on the $50 note.”
Unaipon was one of nine children born to James and Nymbulad Unaipon (an anglicised spelling of “Ngunaitponi,)” at the congregational Mission Station at Point McLeay, South Australia. His father was both an initiated man of the Ngarrindjeri people and the first Indigenous deacon in the region, having been converted to Christianity by the missionary leader George Taplin.