Rachel Hopkin

Folklorist and Radio Producer

Rest in Peace Auriel Andrew

6 January, 2017

Auriel Andrew featured in Country Down Under, the BBC radio doc I produced about Australian Aboriginal musicians and country music that was broadcast a couple of weeks ago. On January 2nd 2017, Auriel’s husband Barry wrote to me to say that she had died that morning.  It is a sad loss.

Auriel was a groundbreaker in the realm of Aboriginal rights and featured regularly on mainstream Australian TV barn dance shows, the first Aboriginal woman to do so. She was also very kind and funny in person.

Clinton Walker, author of the wonderful Buried Country, has written a moving obituary for Auriel which can be found here.