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Daisy Ruddick Daisy Ruddick i(A114097 works by) (birth name: Daisy Florence Cusack) (a.k.a. Kumachi (skin name); Nola)
Born: Established: ca. 1915 Central Northern Territory, Northern Territory, ; Died: Ceased: 23 Apr 2002 Darwin, Darwin area, Northern Territory,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal
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BiographyHistory

Daisy was born on Limbunyah Station, her mother, was a Gurindji woman, and her father was an Irishman. Daisy's Aboriginal name was Kumachi. At the age of six, she was taken away to the Kahlin 'half-caste' Compound, while her mother was in hospital. Daisy stayed at the Compound until she was 13, when she left to work for a Darwin family, as a nanny. Encouraged by Dr Cecil Cook, Daisy bought herself a house, in an era when Aboriginal women could not do this easily. In 1939, she married and had four children. Daisy was evacuated from Darwin during the War and spent time in Mildura and Melbourne it was there that she began a lasting friendship with Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. (later Sir Dunlop). Daisy completed her nursing training, and was often called the 'Pied Piper' for gathering many who had fallen on hard times. Her home became a refuge and many of the children she cared for were not hers. She was active in the Australian Half-Castes Progressive Association, and actively worked to improve conditions for mixed race people. In 1983, Daisy went in search of her family.

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