Libby Connors


Libby Connors is a senior history lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland. She is the author of a number of Australian history books, including Warrior: A legendary leader's dramatic life and violent death on the colonial frontier (2015). Warrior revolves around the life of Dundalli, an Aboriginal leader and hero at the forefront of opposition to settlement of the Moreton Bay district the region around Meanjin, or Brisbane city, in the 1840s. This publication also provides valuable references to possum skin cloaks in the daily life of Aboriginal people in South East Queensland.

Libby discusses her research, mainly uncovered from pastoralists’ papers, Tom Petrie’s reminiscences and the historical account from Gaiarbau (also referred to as Uncle Willie McKenzie). During the 1950’s, Dr L P Winterbotham recorded a number of interviews with Gaiarbau which was compiled into a manuscript. This documentation provides a detailed understanding of Aboriginal culture in South East Queensland during settlement times.

Digital story with Libby Connors
Location: John Oxley Library, SLQ, 2015
A part of the Art of the Skins exhibition.

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