Bandler, Faith

Also known as
Bandler, AM, Faith Ida Lessing (1918-)
Bandler, Faith (1923-2015)
Bandler, Ida Lessing Faith (1918-2015)
Mussing, Ida Lessing Faith (1918-2015)
Field of activity
Author; Campaigner; political activist; writer
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Faith Bandler has campaigned for Aboriginal and Islander rights throughout her life, firstly through the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship and later through the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI). She has written novels and children's literature as well as many non-fiction works relating to Aboriginal rights. Her biography, , written by Marilyn Lake, was published in 2002.

Faith Bandler and her sister enlisted in the Australian Women's Land Army during World War II. She was employed at Young, picking cherries and also the farming districts of Bathurst and Griffith. She was discharged on the 11 October 1945.

Bandler was offered an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to the community in 1976, but declined it in protest against the dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr. She later accepted a nomination as Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and received the honour on 11 June 1984. This was for service to Aboriginal welfare.

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Faith Bandler changed people's hearts and minds in support of human rights and social justice. Her smile, no doubt, helped. The National Trust listed her as a national living treasure in 1997 and the Herald,...

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Australian Women's Register

  • (Corporate Body) Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (1958 - c. 1978)

    <p>Bandler helped organise the inaugural conference which set up FCAATSI</p>

  • (Person) Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920 - 1993)
  • (Corporate Body) Australian Women's Land Army (AWLA) (1942 - 1945)
  • (Exhibition) Australian In My Difference: Women and Migration in Australia Since 1945
  • (Corporate Body) Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (1958 - c. 1978)

    <p>Bandler was general secretary of FCAATSI</p>

Resources for Faith Bandler

Selected resources (60)

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Biographical Index (ABI) Entries

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  2. Dawn 16(4) 1967 : 14
    [1967]
    Published: New South Wales. Aborigines Welfare Board.
    Series: Dawn : a magazine for the Aboriginal people of N.S.W (ISSN 0416-8003)
    Cover image

    Summary: Mentioned.

    Place: Sydney (NSW SI56-05)

     

     

     

  3. Whos Who of Australian Writers

    Summary: Bandler (Ida Lessing) Faith. B 27 th Sept 1920 Writer. Books; Wacvie (1977) Marani in Australia (with Len Fox 1978) Time was Ripe ( with Fox 1983) Welou My Brother (1984) Turning the Tide (1988) Awards; Braille Book of the Year 1979 (Wacvie) Pandora Womens Writing Awd 1989 Member; FAW Recr; Music gardening. Types; Fict, Hst, Abor, Envir, HumRig, Fam. Avail; Int, Read, Resi. Contact; 45 Kissing Point Rd, Turramurra, NSW 2047 Tel; (02)449 2846

    Place: New South Wales (NSW)

  4. Atkinson, Ann. The dictionary of Famous Australians. p10

    Summary: Brief biography.

  5. NSW Aboriginal Newsletter June/Sept 1984 : 2
    [1984]

    Summary: Awarded Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1984, for her services to Aboriginal Welfare.

    Place: New South Wales (NSW)

  6. Australian Aboriginals in the News Australian. June 11(2)1984 It is good to be honoured by Australia, says author Nancy [Cato].
    [1984]

    Summary: Awarded C.O.A. Very good short summary of achievements.

    Language: Guwa people (G9.1) (Qld SF54-11);

  7. Identity 1(1), 1971: 30
    [1971]
  8. Sheilas : a tribute to Australian women / by John Larkins and Bruce Howard.
    [p. 54-57,]
    Published: Adelaide, SA. : Rigby, 1976,

    Summary: Her father came from Ambryn Island and her mother was of largely Indian descent. She grew up in Murrwillumbah and was an activist all her life.

    Place: Murwillumbah (NSW N Coast SH56-03)

    Language: Galibal people (E15) (NSW SH56-03);

  9. North Coast women : a history to 1939.
    Berzins, Baiba Beata.
    [p. 145, 164, 173]
    Published: Sydney, NSW. : Royal Australian Historical Society, 1996,

    Summary: She was born at Tumblegum and became one of the founders of the Australian Aboriginal Fellowship for Aboriginal rights and from 1970-73 was General Secretary of FCAATSI.

    Place: New South Wales North Coast (NSW N Coast SH56)

  10. Turning the Tide,
    Bandler, F.
    [1989]
    Published: 1989.

    Summary: Born Tumbulgum, north coast of New South Wales. Father was a South Sea Islander. Very good details about her family life, childhood, work experiences, education, her involvement in Aboriginal affairs, establishment of FCAATSI. She worked during World War II in the Australian Womens Land Army, 1951 she was selected to perform in Margaret Walker Dance Troupe. Excellent autobiographical details including personal account of her views and ambitions.

    Place: New South Wales North Coast (NSW N Coast SH56)

  11. New Dawn 3(12) 1973 : 12
    [1973]
    Published: New South Wales. Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare
    Series: New Dawn : a magazine for the Aboriginal people of N.S.W (ISSN 0028-4513)
    Cover image

    Summary: Mentioned.

     

     

     

  12. Identity 1(5), 1972: 9
    [1972]
  13. Aplin, G.J. (ed) Australians : a historical dictionary 1987 : 39 :
    [1987]

    Summary: She was born at Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah, NSW. Bandler, Faith (1918-), writer and black activist, was born at Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah, NSW. Her father, Wacvie, had been kidnapped in 1883 from the New Hebrides and sold as kanaka labour in Mackay,, Qld. Long active in demanding improved conditions for her people, she and Pearl Gibbs founded the Aboriginal Australian Fellowship, which campaigned for Aboriginal rights. In 1970-73 she served as general secretary of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and since 1972 she has been active in the womens Electoral Lobby. She refused an MBE in 1976. Bandler published her fathers story Wacvie, in 1977; in 1980 Marani in Australia, co-authored with Len Fox; in 1983 The time was ripe, again with Fox; and in 1984 Welou my brother

    Place: Mackay (E Qld SF55-08); Murwillumbah (NSW N Coast SH56-03)

    Language: Galibal people (E15) (NSW SH56-03);

  14. Aboriginal News NSW June 1984 : 2
    [1984]

    Summary: Member, Order of Australia, June 1984, for Services to Aboriginal welfare. Book The time was ripe.

    Place: Murwillumbah (NSW N Coast SH56-03)

    Language: Galibal people (E15) (NSW SH56-03);

  15. New Dawn 4(6) 1973 : 16
    [1973]
    Published: New South Wales. Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare
    Series: New Dawn : a magazine for the Aboriginal people of N.S.W (ISSN 0028-4513)
    Cover image

    Summary: Mentioned.

    Place: Sydney (NSW SI56-05)

     

     

     

  16. AIAS (Australian Aborigines in the News : Oct 7(3) 1982). In : Sydney Morning Herald, 7/10/82
    [1982]

    Summary: Involvement in the black movement, and campaigning for womens rights. Mentions her novel Wacvie, portrait.

    Place: Sydney (NSW SI56-05)

  17. New Dawn 4(3) 1973 : 2
    [1973]
    Published: New South Wales. Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare
    Series: New Dawn : a magazine for the Aboriginal people of N.S.W (ISSN 0028-4513)
    Cover image

    Summary: NACC meeting.

    Place: Sydney (NSW SI56-05)

     

     

     

  18. Richards, Michaela. Aboriginal women. In the Australian People : an encyclopedia. 1988.
    [1988]

    Summary: Biography

    Place: New South Wales (NSW)

  19. Talking about Celia : community and family memories of Celia Smith,
    Bell, Jeanie.
    [p. 42]
    Published: St Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 1997,

    Summary: Faith Bandler; beginning of FCAATSI

    Place: Brisbane (SE Qld SG56-15)

  20. Bandler, Faith & L. Fox, eds. The time was ripe : a history of the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship (1956-69). 1983
    [1983]

    Summary: Aboriginal advancement in pre-50s and 60s.

    Place: New South Wales (NSW)

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  1. Wacvie / Faith Bandler
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Book, Audio book : 1977-1979 ]
    At 58 libraries
    Wacvie / Faith Bandler
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52.611)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 52.611)

  2. Marani in Australia / Faith Bandler/Len Fox
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Book : 1980 ]
    At 41 libraries
    Marani in Australia / Faith Bandler/Len Fox
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 42.64)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 42.64)

  3. The Time was ripe : a history of the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship (1956-69) / edited by Faith Bandler and Len Fox
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    At 52 libraries
    The Time was ripe : a history of the Aboriginal-Australian Fellowship (1956-69) / edited by Faith Bandler and Len Fox
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 33.619)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 33.619)

  4. Welou, my brother
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At 57 libraries
    Welou, my brother
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.353)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 27.353)

  5. Faith Bandler
    [ Video : 1993 ]
    Possibly online
    At Boer War Mem Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.006)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.006)

  6. Faith Bandler : born 1920 : civil rights activist
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Video : 1993-1994 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.789)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.789)

  7. Faith Bandler : portrait sitter file
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.354)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.354)

  8. Faith Bandler : civil rights activist / interviewer, Robin Hughes ; producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Video : 1992 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.074)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.074)

  9. [Faith Bandler - guest speaker at Jessie Street National Women's Library, April 1997]
    Jessie Street National Women's Library
    [ Video : 1997 ]
    At Jessie Street NW Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.762)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.762)

  10. Welou, my brother / by Faith Bandler
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Audio book : 1987 ]
    Welou, my brother / by Faith Bandler
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.431)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.431)

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  1. Turning the tide : a personal history of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders / Faith Bandler
    Bandler, Faith, 1923-
    [ Book : 1989 ]
    Possibly online
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    Turning the tide : a personal history of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders / Faith Bandler
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36.358)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 36.358)

  2. Faith : Faith Bandler, gentle activist / Marilyn Lake
    Lake, Marilyn
    [ Book, Audio book : 2002-2005 ]
    Possibly online
    At 108 libraries
    Faith : Faith Bandler, gentle activist / Marilyn Lake
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35.182)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 35.182)

  3. Faith Bandler
    [ Video : 1993 ]
    Possibly online
    At Boer War Mem Lib
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.44)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.44)

  4. [Biographical cuttings on Mrs Faith Bandler, author, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.073)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 16.073)

  5. Faith Bandler : born 1920 : civil rights activist
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Video : 1993-1994 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.842)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.842)

  6. Faith Bandler : portrait sitter file
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Book ]
    At Nat Portrait Gall
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.471)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.471)

  7. Faith Bandler / National Interest Program Production
    Film Australia
    [ Video : 1993 ]
    At 11 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.63)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.63)

  8. Faith Bandler
    [ ]
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    At WhitehorseManning
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.949)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.949)

  9. Faith Bandler : civil rights activist
    Film Australia
    [ Video : 1993 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.537)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.537)

  10. Faith Bandler : civil rights activist / interviewer, Robin Hughes ; producer, director, writer, editor, Frank Heimans
    Bandler, Faith
    [ Video : 1992 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.098)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.098)

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  1. Cusack, Dymphna (1902-1981)
    ... of Australia. After returning to Australia in 1962 she became associated with Faith and Hans Bandler ...
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  2. Gibbs, Pearl Mary (1901-1983)
    ... ; established the Australian Aboriginal Fellowship (with Faith Bandler) in 1956 and the first hostel for ...
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  3. Eatock, Pat (1937-2015)
    ... Aboriginal in 1957 when she attended a meeting of the Union of Australian Women at which Faith Bandler spoke ...
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  1. 1967 REFERENDUM
    1967 REFERENDUM
    Created by lillyclowry, 15 items.

    The ‘yes campaign’ was launched in the lead up to the 1967 Referendum. How did this campaign achieve popular support for the ‘yes’ vote by non-indigenous Australians? The May 1967 Referendum...

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    An online guide to significant manuscripts, pictures and oral histories in the National Library of Australia relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples prior to 2003.

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  1. Portrait of Faith Bandler / A. Asov...
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    [ Art work : 1962 ]
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  2. [Portrait of Faith Bandler at the A...
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    [ Photograph : 1971 ]
  3. Faith Bandler aboard the MV Austral...
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    [ Photograph : 1951 ]
    Faith Bandler aboard the MV Australia en route to the World Festival of Youth and Students for Peace and Friendship in Berlin, 1951 / Joyce Evans
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  1. [Collection of journals in the Faith Bandler Collection at the Mitchell Library]
    [ Published : 1960-2006 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.965)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1.965)

  2. Annual report by N.S.W. State Secretary
    Bandler, Faith, 1923-
    [ Unpublished : 1965 ]
    At AIATSIS Library
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    This resource is likely to be relevant to your query (score: 1.156)

  3. [Papers] [relating to literary and journalistic pursuits] / [of Anne Lloyd]
    Lloyd, Anne, 1954-
    [ Unpublished : 1979-1985 ]
    At CQUniversity Library
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  1. [Review of] Wacvie / by Faith Bandler
    Mercer, Patricia M
    [ Book : 1978 ]
    At AIATSIS Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.511)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.511)

  2. Australian literature : an historical introduction / John McLaren
    McLaren, John, 1932-
    [ Book : 1989 ]
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    Australian literature : an historical introduction / John McLaren
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  3. Karobran : the story of an Aboriginal girl / [Monica Clare]
    Clare, Monica, 1924-1973
    [ Book, Audio book : 1978-1987 ]
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    Karobran : the story of an Aboriginal girl / [Monica Clare]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.312)

  4. The role of research
    Bandler, Faith, 1923-
    [ Book : 1985 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 3.233)

  1. CLASSIC LNL: Faith Bandler
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2007 ]
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  2. Faith Bandler
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    [ Sound : 2001 ]
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    Clare, Monica, 1924-1973
    [ Book, Audio book : 1978-1987 ]
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  4. Faith Bandler
    [ Video : 2001 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2.753)

  1. Website: Centenary of Federation play kit
    historysmiths.com.au
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  2. Website: Australian Women in War
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  3. Website: Reason in revolt : source documents of Australian radicalism
    www.reasoninrevolt.net.au
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  1. BIG SMILES FOR THE "YES" VOTE It was a very special party.
    The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) Wednesday 28 June 1967 p 15 Article Illustrated
    ... of victory in N.S.W., a channing and radiant Mrs. Faith Bandier, director of the N.S.W. campaign ... for having been there. TOASTING Mrs. Faith Bandier is Father AU Clint, of the Co-operative for ... 510 words
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  2. Statement welcomed
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    ... Faith Bandler, n&tional secretary of the ' Federal Council for the "Advancement of Aborigines fifid ... 193 words
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  3. LETTERS to the Editor Aboriginal rights
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    ... , through your columns, could be offered the chance to support us financially. (Mrs) FAITH BANDLER General ... 216 words
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  1. Faith Bandler
    [ Periodical : 1900-2014 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.075)

  2. Reconcile Australia : it's all our story
    Reconciliation Australia (Organisation)
    [ Periodical : 2005 ]
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    At 5 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.432)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 5.432)

  3. Faith Bandler
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    [ Article : 2015 ]
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    [ Article : 2015 ]
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