(Uncle) Lewis Yerloburka O’Brien and Michael O’Brien

(Uncle) Lewis YurlaBurka O’Brien AO is one of Adelaide’s most loved and respected Aboriginal Kaurna Elders researchers and educators. Uncle Lewis is recognised by for his enormous contribution to researching, maintaining and sharing Aboriginal knowledge passed down from his Elders and relatives, beginning with his great great grandmother Kudnartu, the first Aboriginal woman to marry a white man in South Australia. Uncle Lewis has committed much of his life to weave together traditional Aboriginal wisdom, ways of knowing and being with contemporary western philosophy – inviting and inspiring everyone he encounters to padniadlu wadu: let’s walk together in harmony.


Michael O’Brien is a Senior Aboriginal Man and the son of Kaurna Elder (Uncle) Lewis Yurla Burka O’Brien is also highly cherished and respected. Michael is a descendant of the Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) and Narrunga (York Peninsula) peoples, and has been generously sharing cultural wisdom, stories and knowledge for a number of years.