David Unaipon biography and facts

Preacher from Australia

David Unaipon David Unaipon (born David Ngunaitponi) (28 September 1872 – 7 February 1967) was an Australian Aboriginal of the Ngarrindjeri people, a preacher, inventor and writer. He was the most widely known Aboriginal in Australia, and broke stereotypes of Aboriginals. Unaipon is featured on the Australian $50 note in commemoration. Born at Raukkan (Point McLeay) Mission on the banks of Lake Alexandrina in the Coorong region of South Australia, Unaipon was the fourth of nine children of James and Nymbulda Ngunaitponi. In 1868 James became the first Aboriginal preacher. Unaipon began his education at the age of seven at the Point McLeay Mission School and soon became known for his intelligence, with the former secretary of the Aborigines' Friends' Association stating in 1887 "I only wish the majority of white boys were as bright, intelligent, well-instructed and well-mannered, as the little fellow I am now taking charge of." Unaipon left school at the age of 13 to work as a servant for C.B. Young in Adelaide where Young actively encouraged Unaipon's interest in literature, philosophy, science and music. In 1890 he returned to Point Mcleay where he apprenticed to a bootmaker and was appointed  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
David Ngunaitponi
Date of birth
Place of birth
South Australia
Nymbulda Ngunaitponi, James Unaipon
Writer, Preacher, Inventor


Company Job title From To
Aborigines' Friends' Association


Institution From To
Point McLeay Mission School


Date of death
Place of death

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