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Not that Peter Costello. June 4, 2007

Posted by Amanda in Australia, Indigenous issues, Media.

About ten years ago, I was lucky enough to meet Peter Costello when I went to Hopevale Aboriginal Community in far north Queensland.

Peter Costello is an Aboriginal elder and one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. He was taken from his mother when he was very young and later lost his wife and child when the Hopevale residents were forced to move to Woorabinda in Central Queensland during the second world war.

Despite all of this, Peter remains one of the most positive people you could ever meet- his laugh is completely infectious. The last time I saw his was at a Paul Kelly gig at the Zoo in Brisbane. When I left at about 1am he was still dancing- not bad for someone in their late eighties.

Peter is now living in the old people’s home at Hopevale but the ABC’s Awaye program last week replayed an interview with him that was recorded four years ago. Peter tells his life story and adds in his own little bit of wisdom which is always worth listening to.

You can listen to it here.



1. Duncan Bell - June 4, 2007

There’s also a Peter Costello a well known poet and popular writer of fiction who lives in Co Mayo, Ireland, where the name ‘Costello’ (MacOisdealb-hai) has its origins.

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