Because of Her We Can: Patricia Corowa

Over the next few days leading up to NAIDOC celebrations, I will be posting a series of photographs of just some of the Aboriginal and Islander women who I admire and respect, who I have photographed over the years, and who epitomize this year's NAIDOC motto, 'Because of Her We Can'.

Today, I am posting a portrait of salt-water Murroona and South Sea Islander, Patricia Corowa, a long time activist and a seminal figure in the Australian Black Panther, pan-African and pan-Pacific Islander movements of the  1960s and 1970s.

Patricia was also instrumental in the recent protests against the NSW Government's sell off of public housing at the historic Millers Point in Sydney.

Below is a portrait of Patricia Corowa at her Millers Point home in 2016, at the height of community protests against the re-development of the area to make way for a giant casino built by Australia's richest man, James Packer.

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