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Bandler, Faith Ida Lessing (c. 1918 - 2015)

AM

Born
c. 1918
Tumbulgum, New South Wales, Australia
Died
13 February 2015
Occupation
Author and Campaigner

Summary

Faith Bandler has campaigned for Aboriginal and Islander rights throughout her life, firstly through the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship and later through the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI). She has written novels and children's literature as well as many non-fiction works relating to Aboriginal rights. Her biography, Faith: Faith Bandler, gentle activist, written by Marilyn Lake, was published in 2002.

Details

Faith Bandler and her sister enlisted in the Australian Women's Land Army during World War II. She was employed at Young, picking cherries and also the farming districts of Bathurst and Griffith. She was discharged on the 11 October 1945.

Bandler was offered an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to the community in 1976, but declined it in protest against the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. She later accepted a nomination as Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and received the honour on 11 June 1984. This was for service to Aboriginal welfare.

Sources used to compile this entry: Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2002, 2020 pp; Horton, David (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia : Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, society and culture, Aboriginal Studies Press for AIATSIS, Canberra, 1994, 2 v. (xxxiii, 1340 p.) pp; Lake, Marilyn, Faith : Faith Bandler, gentle activist, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W., 2002, 238 pp; Robinson, Natasha, 'Faith lives in world Bandler touched', The Australian, 25 February 2015, p. 5.

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Archival resources

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

  • Aboriginal women farm workers during World War II - three archival film interviews, 1987, MASLIN_FILM/VIDEO_001; Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details
  • Annual report by N.S.W. State Secretary; FCAATSI; Faith Bandler, 1965, RS 24/1; Bandler, Faith Ida Lessing (c. 1918 - 2015); Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Aboriginal National Theatre Trust Limited - files, 1902-1991, 1902 - 1991, MLMSS 6254/4-24; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Faith Bandler - further papers, 1875, 1945-1997, MLMSS 6243 ADD-ON 2196; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Faith Bandler - interviews by Carolyn Craig, 1997, MLOH 307/1-15; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Faith Bandler - papers, 1968 - 1992, MLMSS 6243; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Ros Bowden - interviews conducted for radio programmes and documentaries, ca.1975 - 1989, c. 1975 - 1989, Z MLOH 304; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Women's Redress Press - book files, 1976-1996, including correspondence, contracts, readers' reports, reviews and photographs, 1976 - 1996, MLMSS 6308/7-10; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Jack Horner, 1974 - 1980, MS 9503; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

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