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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vale Ruby Langford Ginibi

The Bundjalung Nation has lost an elder in Ruby Langford Ginibi, or as she once claimed her name: Ruby Wagtail Big Noise Anderson Rangi Ando Heifer Andy Langford.
I found reading Don't Take Your Love To Town a seminal moment in my understanding of the plight of Aboriginal Peoples in the 1940's-80's.
Langford Ginibi was a proud and active elder of the Bundjalung Nation. She was born at the Box Ridge Mission, near Coraki in 1934 and lived in Bonalbo and Casino before moving to Sydney. Her story is that of a rural/urban struggle to survive and raise a family.
If you have never read this biography or any other of her books I can strongly recommend them.
I was lucky to once meet her and then heard her speak to a group of young people, I hope they were listening!

2 comments:

  1. I've heard her name but don't know her work.

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  2. It sounds like an interesting book Mark - I'm pleased she shortened her name!

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