Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Nana Miss Koori

Deadly Aboriginal Artist Series - Nana Miss Koori


About Nana Miss Koori

Born in Sydney, and raised in rural NSW, in the Shoalhaven, Graham Simms, a proud Gadigal and man of the Eora Nation grew to become Nana Miss Koori, legendary drag queen and Gadigal Elder.

Graham has been living in Sydney for the past 22 years, working behind the scenes and considers it a privilege to perform and to be an inspiration to the youth.

A wonderful advocate for the Aboriginal Rainbow Community, Graham began this work in Nowra, as part of a social support group which he belonged to years ago, when he banged on the door and asked what was there for Indigenous youth. He spent 27 years in Shellharbour.

He presented Mardi Gras Welcome to Country, knowing how significant it was to have a queer representative of Indigenous Australians.

As creative director, Graham was one of the representatives that went to Athens and took the winning bid Presentation for Sydney World Pride for 2023. He has been a great supporter of and involved in Koori Gras.  

He has represented Mardi Gras overseas, in Northern Ireland where he has exposed the plight of first nations people, injustice, suicides, incarcerations… a real eye-opener.

His work at Moogland in Carriage Works performing arts as curator is focussed on giving first nations mob a go.

Graham lovingly invites the young to reach out, to know there is support out there. He is a passionate activist who works tirelessly for his community.

And, of course, he’s always loved Nana Mouskouri… hence the cleverly contrived name.

Nana Miss Koori was an artist in residence with The Aboriginal Early Childhood Collective performing at the inaugural conference. She is also the pin-up girl for MultiVerse books and products – bringing her dream of being Delvene Delaney to reality…

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