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Pastor Don Brady

That's the way it is

The life and story of Pastor and Activist
Don Kawanji Brady

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Join us for the book launch

Join us at the State Library of Queensland and hear first-hand from the children of Pastor and activist Don Brady (Kawanji).

Graham Brady, Qawanji Brady and Sharon Brady, with historian Thom Blake, will share their stories as they remember their father and the significant impact he had fighting for justice for his people.

Where: State Library of Queensland
When: Friday, 01 March 2024
Time: 11am to 2pm AEST

Don Brady book cover - Yalanya, The Way it Was

About the book

Don Brady (Kawanji) was a prominent Aboriginal leader in Queensland throughout the 1960s and 1970s. He was a descendant of the Gu Gu Yalanji people from the Cape York region.

Don grew up on Palm Island Aboriginal Settlement and in his twenties worked as a missionary for the Aborigines Inland Mission. He married Aileen Willis, a Kullilli woman in Cherbourg in 1952. In 1964, he moved to Brisbane to work among the Aboriginal community as a Methodist pastor. He became a leader in political campaigns to improve the status and conditions of Aboriginal and Islander people in Queensland.

He was a foundation member of the Brisbane Tribal Council and actively involved in the campaign to abolish the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander Act. Don was instrumental in the establishment of the Aboriginal Legal Aid, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Medical Service in Queensland. He was active in the revival of dance in eastern Australia with the Yelanji dance group.

Kawanji remains an inspiration to First Nations people in Australia.

Don and Aileen Brady
Pastor Don Brady


The book will be available following the launch on 1 March 2024, however you can pre-order your copy now!

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  • Book cost: $29.50
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All profit from the sale of this book goes directly to Jawiyaba Warra Aboriginal Corporation.

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Don Brady book cover - Yalanya, The Way it Was