Aunty Kathy Mills

Aunty Kathy Mills OAM is a community leader, singer, Aboriginal elder and activist.

Aunty Kathy Mills
Personal details
OccupationCommunity organiser, Activist

Kathy was the first woman to be elected to the Northern Land Council as a result of a directive from the Commonwealth government at the time, early 1980s, that the NLC needed board membership representation from the Darwin urban region.

She is a Kungarakung/Gurindji woman from the Northern Territory.

Among her children are the members of musical group the Mills Sisters, who are well known for their 1986 recording of Kathy's song "Arafura Pearl".

She was appointed as a co-commissioner for the NT to the panel of the Stolen Generations Inquiry, which produced the ‘Bringing Them Home’ report and was a major factor in getting the Stolen Generation issue recognised at a national level.

Kathy became a strong advocate for services addressing alcohol policy and alcoholism and was a key figure in the establishment of the FORWAARD alcohol rehabilitation centre in Darwin.

Awards and honoursEdit

1986: NAIDOC national and Northern Territory Aboriginal of the Year

2019: Order of Australia Medal for service to the Indigenous community[1]


  1. ^ Eacott, Alina; Hermant, Norman (25 January 2019). "Meet this year's Australia Day Honours recipients". ABC News. Retrieved 27 January 2019.