Joseph Holt was a self-appointed General who raised arms against the British, but instead of a cell, he was sent to Australia. Fortunately, his distaste for the empire raised him to folk hero played well on these shores.
Charlie Perkins is a name familiar to many, but his acts lesser so. In fact, the man literally spent his life attempting to push us ever closer to equality. A true icon.
Don Chipp was a politician who looked to vote on the issue, not party politics. An unabashed centrist, he promoted the value of remaining true to your station. Oh, how we need him now.
Many people have been the first to do something, but few have done as much as the forgotten Catherine Spence.
Jessie Miller soared high against the backdrop of accepted sexism in her day. She was a daring pilot, lover and was proudly all her. A true trailblazer in every sense of the word.
As Hitler’s monstrous campaign against the Jews became clear, one Australian took it upon himself to secure a path of escape. Critchley Parker was a man of vision, sadly halted by fate.
The 1950’s was a great period of renewal in Australia, but with that progress came the nuclear bomb. The British said yes, Hedley Marston said no.
Continuing the tradition of heralding Aussie mavericks, meet father Bob Maguire, the “Larrikin Priest” who fought the Catholic Church and created Open Family Australia.
Like all previous Aussie Mavericks, Barbara Holborow fought for the people. However, as an advocate for the rights of children, she stands alone.
The last time a great voice was raised in protest, our Government was sending people to an unwanted war via conscription. Geoff Mullen said no, and was jailed for his efforts.
Agitator, publisher, victim; the sordid tale of Juanita Nielsen saw an heiress turned activist fight for what she saw was right, before paying the ultimate price.
Vida Goldstein was a true maverick, for her herculean effort turned Australia into one of the most progressive nations in the world.
Fred Maynard might not be a household name, but as the man formed the first organisation to fight for Indigenous rights, he absolutely should be.
Jack Mundey is a man made famous by saving The Rocks from developers, but his full story runs deeper than that. He gets the vote as #AussieMaverick number three.
Welcome back to #AussieMavericks. Today we meet Faith Bandler, who fought against colour barriers, created welfare boards and was critical in bringing Indigenous peoples into the constitution.
The first in a series of great Australian mavericks, we reintroduce feminist activist Zelda D’Aprano who fought to close the gender pay gap in the sixties.