The Indomitable Miss Pink


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Olive Pink was an unconventional anthropologist, an advocate of Aboriginal rights and an early proponent of the cultivation of Australian indigenous plants. Born in Hobart, she moved to Sydney in 1914 and travelled extensively in central Australia, lived in remote areas with the Arrernte and Warlpiri people, and caused much controversy within the anthropological profession. Olive Pink’s ardent political activism brought her into conflict with missionaries, pastoralists and her anthropological colleagues, while her sustained letter-writing campaigns made her the scourge of the public servants and administrators responsible for the wellbeing of Aboriginal people. ‘Marcus’s portrait of the intriguing, maddening and admirable “Miss Pink” both humanises and makes strange our frontier pasts.’


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