Thomas, Faith (1933-)

Also known as
Coulthard, Faith (1933-)
Thomas, Faith
Thomas, Faith, (AM) (1933-)
Field of activity
Nurse; Cricketer; Midwife
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http://nla.gov.au/anbd.aut-an58772900
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-700076

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Faith Thomas was the first Aboriginal woman to play international cricket for Australia; indeed, she was the first indigenous woman to be selected to play any sport for Australia. In 2004, she was still the only Aboriginal woman to represent Australia in cricket. Thomas played cricket, along with hockey and squash, while training in Adelaide to be a nurse. (She was one of the first Aboriginal nurses to graduate from the Royal Adelaide Hospital; she went on to be the first to a hospital.) Thomas was selected into the South Australian cricket team after playing only two grade games and was selected for the Australian team in 1958. She recalls receiving a fair deal of publicity at the time. 'I was a bit of a curiosity,' she said in an interview in 2004. 'It was a "native nurse", this. You know, I wasn't a cricketer, I was a native nurse cricketer, You know?' Thomas also played hockey for the Northern Territory and admits that hockey was always more important to her than cricket. She was a member of the Aboriginal Sports Foundation, patron of the Prime Minister's XI versus the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) Chairman's XI.

  • Appointed - Member of the Order of Australia (AM): For significant service to cricket, and to the Indigenous community.

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Faith Thomas (née Coulthard) was the first of six Aboriginal nurses in South Australia to complete training in 1954, and was the first Aboriginal nurse in South Australia to become a public servant. She trained as a midwife at Queen Victoria Hospital in Adelaide, registering in 1957, and began working at Point McLeay Aboriginal Reserve (now Ralkon) in 1958. During this time Faith was well-known as a cricketer and played for the Australian Women's Cricket Team. She has worked widely in the area of Aboriginal heath and community services and is a member of the Northern and Far Western Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee. Her philosophy of health recognises and acknowledges the skills of local healers who know the complexities of Aboriginal values, spirituality and culture.

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

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

    Please be aware that some ABI records contain language, words or descriptions which may be considered offensive or distressing. These words reflect the attitude of the period in which the item was written and/or that of its author. Please also be aware that ABI records may contain references to deceased people which may cause sadness or distress.

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  2. Education Department of South Australia. The Adnyamathanha People. 1992 : 203,219,235
    [1992]

    Summary: Briefly relates World War II experience. Comments on other aspects of history and culture.

    Place: Quorn (SE SA SI54-01)

    Language: Adnyamathanha people (L10) (SA SH54-09);

  3. Whimpress, B. Few and Far Between. Journal of the Anthropological Society of South Australia. 30(122) 1992 : 57-70
    [1992]

    Summary: Separated from her mother at birth and brought up in Colebrook Home, Quorn. Represented Australia in Womens Cricket against England in 1957. Became a nurse and South Australias first Aboriginal Public Servant.

    Place: Quorn (SE SA SI54-01)

  4. Obstacle Race : Aborigines in sport,
    Tatz, Colin.
    [p. 67, 272-273, 315, 372,]
    Published: Sydney, NSW. : UNSW Press, 1995

    Summary: Cricketer who represented Australia in 1958, also played hockey. She was a founding member of the Aboriginal Sports Foundation.

    Place: Nepabunna (NE SA Flinders Ranges SH54-09)

  5. The Proud Champions,
    Harris, Bret.
    [1989]
    Published: 1989, p. 11, 97

    Summary: Faith represented Australia in Cricket Tests against New Zealand and England in the late 1950s.

    Place: New Zealand (NZ); South Australia (SA)

  6. Pring, A. (ed). Women of the Centre. 1990 : 27-46. B P957.37/W1
    [1990]

    Summary: Upbringing at Colebrook Home, training as nurse, employment in Adelaide, Alice Springs; cricketer, golfer, winner of NADOC Sportswoman of the Year (Senior). Photo.

    Place: Mparntwe / Alice Springs (South Central NT SF53-14); Nepabunna (NE SA Flinders Ranges SH54-09); Quorn (SE SA SI54-01); Adelaide (SE SA SI54-09)

    Language: Adnyamathanha people (L10) (SA SH54-09);

  7. Survival in our own land : Aboriginal experiences in South Australia since 1836 : told by Nungas and others,
    Mattingley, Christobel and Ken Hampton.
    [p. 121,153,209,216,275,285,292,303]
    Published: Sydney, NSW. : Hodder and Stoughton, 1992,

    Summary: Communty leader

    Place: South Australia (SA)

  8. Identity 1(3)1972 : 5-6-7
    [1972]

    Summary: Official guest Aboriginal football carnival Perth 1971. Member National Aboriginal Sports Foundation formed 1969.

    Place: Perth (SW WA SH50-14); South Australia (SA)

  9. [Press release].Aboriginal Sports Foundation
    [no. 2 (1969), pages 12-13]

    Summary: Member Aboriginal Sports Foundation.

    Place: South Australia (SA)

  10. Tatz, C. Obstacle race, 1995: 272-273
    [1995]

    Summary: Cricketer. Represented Australia. Photo, p.273

  11. The Northern Territory News
    [Vol. 11, no. 123 (Tuesday 27 November 1962), p. 14,]

    Summary: Faith Coulthard was a nursing sister at Alice Springs Hospital and married in 1962, settled in Adelaide.

    Place: Mparntwe / Alice Springs (South Central NT SF53-14); Adelaide (SE SA SI54-09)

  12. Deadly vibe
    [Iss. 34 (1999), p.[20],]

    Summary: Cricket player; received Lifetime Achievement Award at National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Sports Awards 1999; born Nepabunna Mission, SA; selected as fast bowler 1958 Australian Woman's Cricket Eleven test series against England

    Place: Nepabunna (NE SA Flinders Ranges SH54-09)

  13. Adnyamathanha genealogy / Christine Davis,
    [p. 71]
    Published: Adelaide : South Australian Department of Environment and Planning, Aboriginal Heritage Branch, 1985,

    Summary: Family tree of Angepena Billy: Faith Coulthard; born 22 February 1933 at Nepabunna; daughter of Ivy Coulthard and Ted Tanke; married Bernard Thomas (Englishman, died Quorn 1980)

    Place: Nepabunna (NE SA Flinders Ranges SH54-09); Flinders Ranges (NE SA SH54-09, SH54-13)

    Language: Adnyamathanha people (L10) (SA SH54-09);

  14. Adnyamathanha genealogy / Christine Davis,
    [p. 73]
    Published: Adelaide : South Australian Department of Environment and Planning, Aboriginal Heritage Branch, 1985,

    Summary: Family tree of Angepena Billy: Faith Coulthard and Bernard Thomas, Englishman

    Place: Nepabunna (NE SA Flinders Ranges SH54-09); Flinders Ranges (NE SA SH54-09, SH54-13)

    Language: Adnyamathanha people (L10) (SA SH54-09);

  15. My side of the bridge : the life story of Veronica Brodie / as told to Mary-Anne Gale.
    Brodie, Veronica.
    [p. 57]
    Published: Kent Town, S. Aust. : Wakefield Press, 2002,

    Summary: Schooling in Adelaide; Veronica sent with Pam Dodd and Elaine Karpany; lived United Aborigines Mission home in Parkside called Tanderra; under Aborigines Protection Board; other girls in home at time were Grace Hampton, Wendy Way, Coral James, Margaret Apma, Elsa Cooper, Louise Lindsay, Janet Domasche (from Riverland); Wendy, Margaret, Elsa and Grace from Colebrook Home at Eden Hills; older girls: Dora Hunter, Lois, or Lowitja O'Donoghue, Muriel Brumby (now Olsen), Faith Coulthard from Colebrook; visitors Amy O'Donoghue Lois's sister;

    Place: Raukkan / Point McLeay (SE SA SI54-13); Adelaide (SE SA SI54-09); Port Adelaide (SE SA S154-09)

    Language: Ngarrindjeri / Narrinjeri people (S69) (SA SI54-13)Kaurna people (L3) (SA SI54-09);

  16. The spirit prevails,
    Leane, Gwenneth.
    [pl. no. [7],]
    Published: Kensington Gardens, S. Aust. : Writing Right, [2009?],

    Summary: Photograph 4:"Hand over ceremony. Clara, Faith Thomas, Julie Ellis"

    Place: Maralinga (Far West SA SH52-12)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Thomas, Faith
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. 20 inspiring black women who have changed Australia
    Booth, Andrea and Briscoe, Luke
    [2017]
    Published: SBS
    Series: IspartOf NITV News
  3. Faith Thomas
    Maza, Rachel (presenter) and Martin, Kelrick (story producer)
    [2004]
    Published: Australian Broadcasting Commission
    Series: IspartOf Interview for the ABC program Message Stick
  4. She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2007]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  5. [Interview with Faith Thomas, Aboriginal woman, cricketer and outback nurse] [sound recording] / [Interviewer: Ray Aitchison]
    [22 March 1986]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    1 cassette (ca. 90 min.) Thomas speaks about playing women's cricket in 1950s; her childhood in an Aboriginal children's home; becoming a nurse; racial prejudice she suffered; present situation of Aboriginals; the Adnyamathanha people; providing health services to Aboriginals in remote areas; playing cricket for Australia; playing hockey; her husband and son; and Aboriginal beliefs and customs.
    ORAL TRC 2030
  6. Interview with Faith Thomas (sound recording) / Interviewer: Gordon Briscoe
    [20 March 1990]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    1 tape reel Miss Thomas talks of her return to Nepabunna for a week after being taken away from them as a baby; her first impression of tribal aborigines; her experiences staying at Nepabunna mission and visiting her family's camp; her relationship with her family; her family's reaction to her and hers to them; the relations between the missionaries and the aborigines; her memories of camp life.
    ORAL TRC 2603/4

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Thomas, Faith
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  3. Women of the Centre
    Pring, Adele
    Published: Pascoe Publishing, Apollo Bay, 1990
  4. Survey of Accommodation and Health Care Needs for Aged Aboriginals in the North of South Australia: a Report to the Minister of Health from the Aboriginal Housing Board
    Thompson, Jill, Thomas, Faith and Morisset, Robyn
    Published: Aboriginal Housing Board, Adelaide, 1982
  5. Survival in Our Own Land: 'Aboriginal' Experiences in 'South Australia' since 1836, told by Nungas and others
    Mattingley, Christobel and Hampton, Ken
    Published: Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1988

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  1. Faith Thomas interviewed by Gordon Briscoe in Gordon Briscoe collection
    Thomas, Faith, 1933-
    [ Sound : 1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. From the shoulder / Faith Thomas
    Thomas, Faith, b. 1933
    [ Book : 1990 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  3. Pearls from the deep : re-evaluating the early history of Colebrook Home for Aboriginal Children
    Jacobs, J. M. (Jane Margaret)
    [ Book : 1988 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  1. Faith Thomas interviewed by Gordon Briscoe in Gordon Briscoe collection
    Thomas, Faith, 1933-
    [ Sound : 1990 ]
    At National Library
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  1. REGISTER OF NURSES FOR 1933.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Tuesday 27 February 1934 [Issue No.36 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 959

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    ... Department of Public Health, Sydney, 27th February, 1934. REGISTER OF NURSES FOR 1933. IN ... , Alice Maud, Levenbank Private Hospital, Ulver slonc. Blackett, Arabella Rachel Campbell, 37 Sir Thomas ... 74422 words
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    ... of the Faith, &c. To Thomas Edward M'Keown. THESE are to command you within twenty-one days of the ... re Evylnn Jeesie M'Keown, formerly Evylnn Jessie Rose, petitioner, and Thomas Edward M ... 170 words
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    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 10 January 1964 [Issue No.4] p 76

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    ... RE will of THOMAS HILLAS WILLIAMS, late of 12 Kareela-road, Chatswood, in the State of New South ... Maintenance and Guardianship of Infants Act, 1916-1954, and Trustee Act, 1925-1942, Edna Faith Mulready and ... 199 words
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  2. Free of injury, Thomas repays Carlton's faith.(Sport)
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  1. A declaration of faith of English people remaining at Amsterdam in Holland :
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  1. Knowledge and faith in Thomas Aquinas / John I. Jenkins
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  3. Thomas Bels motiues : concerning Romish faith and religion
    Bell, Thomas, fl. 1593-1610
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  4. Thomas : journey into faith / text by Veronica Zundel ; photographs [sic] by Sonia Halliday and Laura Lushington
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  2. FAITH.
    The Express and Telegraph (Adelaide, SA : 1867 - 1922) Saturday 17 January 1914 p 11 Article
    ... FAITH. (By Thomas Chatterion.) 0 God, whose thunder shakes the sky, Whose eye this atom globe ... 158 words
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  3. Faith.
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