Barbara Miller Now Brings to Life the Contributions of an Aboriginal Hero

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Book showcases William Cooper’s struggles as he fought for his people’s welfare

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The controversy in Australia behind Facebook being pressured to remove a page that is believed to be racist has been posted in a news release by Rod McGuirk from the Associated Press. This page has caused a stir as it showed images of Aborigines depicting them as drunks and welfare cheats. However, author Barbara Miller paints a different picture as she pays tribute to the life and work of the man who stood up for the rights of Aborigines in her book titled “William Cooper, Gentle Warrior: Standing Up for Australian Aborigines and Persecuted Jews.”

In this page-turner, Miller reveals the battles that William Cooper went through as an Aborigine living from 1861 to 1941. Devoting his attention to improving the welfare of his people, William Cooper persistently fought for justice and challenged Australians to live up to their professed morals. A gentle and a dignified ambassador for his people, he significantly spent his life working for his people’s “uplift” as he called it.

William Cooper was involved in several noble deeds and achievements that reinforced the rights of the oppressed. He started the first national Aboriginal organisation in Australia. He led a protest walk of a group of Aborigines to protest Kristallnacht, the only known private protest in the world. He mentored the next generation like his nephew, Ps Sir Doug Nicholls who continued his work and lobbied for the amendment of the constitution via the 1967 referendum so that Aborigines could be counted in the census as citizens in their own land. All these and more are further discussed in “William Cooper, Gentle Warrior: Standing Up for Australian Aborigines and Persecuted Jews.”

A man of great honour, courage and leadership, William Cooper is remembered in this compelling work which hopes to inspire readers all over the world with what one person, who cares and stands up for his beliefs, can achieve.
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Barbara Miller is married to Norman, an Aboriginal Australian. She has a son, Michael. They live in Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. She is a pastor, mediator, psychologist and teacher and has had a keen interest in working for Aboriginal advancement since1970. She was instrumental in the movement of the Mapoon Aboriginal people back to their land in 1974. Also she was involved in the setting up of the North Queensland Land Council in 1978. In the early 1990’s, she was working as the CEO of the Aboriginal Co-ordinating Council which represented Aboriginal local government in remote communities. Miller and her husband take groups of Australians to Israel each year for Christian conferences and prayer tours. They minister regularly in other nations.

William Cooper, Gentle Warrior: Standing Up for Australian Aborigines and Persecuted Jews * by Barbara Miller
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Trade Paperback; $29.99; 368 pages; 978-1-4771-5594-3
Trade Hardback; $49.99; 368 pages; 978-1-4771-5595-0

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