• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE6109

Balbuk, Fanny

(1840 – 1907)
  • Born 1 January, 1840, Heirisson Island, Swan River Western Australia Australia
  • Died 20 March, 1907, Perth Western Australia Australia
  • Occupation Aboriginal rights activist


Fanny Balbuk was a prominent Noongar woman and an informant on Noongar culture and history to anthropologist Daisy Bates. She is renowned for protesting at Government House about the occupation of her traditional land around Perth.

The information which Fanny Balbuk passed on to Daisy Bates played an important role in the native title claim of 19 September 2006, whereby Justice Wilcox of the Federal Court of Australia found that Noongar people held native title rights over parts of the Perth area.

Archival resources

  • National Library of Australia, Manuscript Collection
    • Papers of Daisy Bates, 1833-1990 [manuscript]
  • State Library of Western Australia
    • Papers, 1907-1940 [manuscript]

Related entries

  • Associate
    • Bates, Daisy May (1859 - 1951)
  • Related Concepts
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women