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Indigenous musician William Barton named Queensland Australian of the Year 2023

Musical prodigy William Barton has been named the 2023 Queensland Australian of the Year.
The Kalkadunga man, who grew up in Mount Isa, was the first to integrate the deep, soulful sounds of the didjeridu with orchestras and classical ensembles.

He was the youngest composer voted into the ABC Classic composer countdown and has performed across Europe and with the Australian String Quartet and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Barton also performed at Bob Hawke's funeral.

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A man stands in front of some rocks holding a didjeridu.

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