A proud Adnyamathanha lady, Faith was the first Aboriginal woman to play Test cricket for Australia and was a trailblazer for Aboriginal people in the nursing profession.
This year marks six decades since Faith’s single Test match and 150 years since an Aboriginal cricket team played in the UK, being the first Australian sporting team to tour internationally.
SACA, together with the Central Adelaide Local Health Network produced the event, ‘An audience with Faith Thomas’, inviting staff from both organisations, prominent members of the Aboriginal community, as well as other distinguished guests, including Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide Martin Haese.
The afternoon featured an oration of Faith’s life by occupational therapist and close friend of Faith’s, Tyson Baird, focusing on her achievements in the sporting and nursing realms.
A panel discussion took place, led by Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee of South Australia Co-Chairperson Tanya McGregor, and featured five prominent South Australian Aboriginal people, all with experience in sport and/or Aboriginal health.
The panel featured cyclist and former military man Herbert Mack, 18800RESPECT program manager Kimberley Wanganeen, 2016 NAIDOC Young Person of the Year and marathon runner Tahnee Sutton and former AFL footballers, brothers Shane and Troy Bond.
At 85 years of age, Faith travelled from Quorn to attend the afternoon in her honour, supported by close family.