Lowitja O'Donoghue A Modern Day Prophet - Emily carey

Lowitja O'Donoghue was born on the 1 August 1932 (estimated birth date as no birth certificate was issued. Her parents were Tom (Irish Australian) and Lucy (Pitjantjatjara tribe member) O’Donoghue. Born in Granite Downs, east of the Stuart Highway, Lowitja and her now unknown sibling were taken from the United Aborigines Mission in Oodnadata. Her name was then changed to Lois (a relatively common 'white' first name).

This Image is believed to be Lowitja as a child. (QuarterlyEssay. (2016).)

Lowitja O'Donoghue's Honors

- (1976) O'Donoghue was the first Aboriginal woman in the new Order of Australia because of her work on welfare for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

- (1983) was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

- (1984) was named Australian of the Year.

- She is a National Patron at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre

- (2000) was inducted into the Olympic Order.

- (2005) O'Donoghue was made Dame of the Order of St Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II.

What makes Lowitja a prophet?

Lowitja O'Donoghue is honored for her roles in society as an Aboriginal Australian. Taking part in many more jobs and roles than an average Australian would have the education, courage and confidence to do. She stands for the Aboriginal communities that cannot stand for themselves, past and present. Despite going through rough times in her past including being taken from her family and losing the love of her life, she constantly puts others first.


I chose Amos as the Old Testament prophet relating to Lowitja because he stood for equality between the rich and poor while Lowitja stands for equality between races. The both of them have provided a voice for those that had none.


AMOS 3:6: "When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?"

AMOS 5:24: "But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!"

AMOS 5:7: "There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground."


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