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Rosalie Kunoth Monks

Rosalie Kunoth Monks

Person of the Year

Rosalie Kunoth Monks is an Arrernte Anmatjere woman from the Northern Territory.

Born on Utopia Station, Rosalie moved to Alice Springs. At 16 she played the lead role in the film, Jedda. The film was the first to feature an Aboriginal person in a lead role. After 10 years in a Melbourne convent, Rosalie settled in Alice and started a career of over 50 years in human rights and politics.

Rosalie is passionate about Aboriginal people having access to their land, language and culture. Her contribution at local and national levels is vast, including Advisor on Aboriginal Affairs in the NT, to Trailblazer for the Oxfam Straight Talk program.

Rosalie has received countless awards, including an Order of Australia Medal, Northern Territorian of the year and finalist for Australian of the Year.

Still a household name from her many television appearances, at 78 years of age, Rosalie remains one of the most powerful voices for change in Aboriginal Australia.

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