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Copley, Vincent

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Vincent (Vince) Copley is an elder of the Ngadjuri people of South Australia. He has made important contributions to the reclamation and protection of Australian Indigenous cultural heritage, especially by revitalizing the fragmented cultural identity of the Ngadjuri people. He is also an important figure in Australian sporting history.

Copley was born in 1936 in Point Pearce, South Australia. At a young age, he moved to live at St Francis’ Anglican Home in Adelaide, where he came into contact with Charlie Perkins, John Moriarty, Gordon Briscoe, and others who went on to become important campaigners for Indigenous rights.

Copley was an eager sportsman and won several sporting awards including the Port Adelaide Football Club’s Best and Fairest in 1954. He went on to coach the Curramulka Football Club for over a decade during the 1950s and worked for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission as sports officer from 1982 to 1993. Copley was also a...

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  • Anderson, S., F. Knight, A. Pring & F. Warrior. 2005. Ngadjuri: Aboriginal people of the Mid North region of South Australia. Prospect Hill: SASOSE Council Inc.

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  • Birt, P. & V. Copley. 2005. Coming back to country: a conversation at Firewood Creek, in C. Smith & H. M. Wobst (ed.) Indigenous archaeologies: decolonizing theory and practice: 249-65. London, New York: Routledge.

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  • Blau, S., V. Branson, V. Copley, G. Jackson & C. Smith. 2006. Mother and child. Dig 8 (4): 10-13.

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  • Hastwell, A. 2006. Archaeological symposium with an indigenous angle. Available at: (accessed 12 July 2012).

  • Ladgrove, P. 2010. Local legends – Vince Copley. Available at: (accessed 12 July 2012).

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Jenkins, E. (2014). Copley, Vincent. In: Smith, C. (eds) Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. Springer, New York, NY.

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