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Bill Dodd

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Bill Dodd, born in 1965, spent his childhood in Mitchell, Queensland and on cattle properties in the area. He left school shortly before completing year ten, following the sudden death of his stockman father. For a time he worked as a stockman near Mitchell and later on a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory. Three days before his eighteenth birthday, Bill Dodd suffered a broken neck in a diving accident and became a quadriplegic. He spent almost six months in the spinal unit at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, before being transferred to Westhaven Nursing Home in Roma. His first book, Just Billy, was privately published by an independent Aboriginal group in 1988. His second manuscript, Bill Dodd: Broken Dreams won the 1991 David Unaipon Award for unpublished Indigenous writers, and was published by UQP in 1992. Bill now lives in Mitchell with his brother and sister and continues writing.