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Dulcie Flower is a Miri woman of the Meriam Nation from the Torres Strait Islands who was born in Cairns. In the 1950s, after moving to Sydney, Dulcie became involved in key Aboriginal activist and political organisations such as the Aboriginal Progressive Association and Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. She campaigned for constitutional change for Aboriginal people, including the 1967 Referendum, as well as fighting for equal wages, health, land rights and against discrimination. Dulcie also ran national campaigns to make mining companies consult with Aboriginal people and seek permission for development.

Dulcie trained to be a Registered Nurse and she later became actively involved in the education and training of Indigenous health workers. Dulcie was also a founding member of the Aboriginal Medical Service, dedicating her work to the improvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health and wellbeing. She was appointed to Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2019 “for significant service to the Indigenous community, and to the 1967 Referendum Campaign”.

Sydney Elders -  Dulcie Flowers
Portrait of Dulcie Flowers Image: Mervyn Bishop
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