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Beryl Cruse Beryl Cruse i(A49076 works by)
Born: Established: 17 Oct 1934 Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie area, Hastings River area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, ; Died: Ceased: 1 Oct 2012
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal
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Artist and writer, Beryl Cruse was the 'oldest of ten children to Herbert and Elizabeth (Dolly) Henry nee Campbell.' After growing up at Summervale Aboriginal Rserve outside of Walcha, New South Wales, in the late 1940s Beryl with her family moved to the south coast. It was there that she met her husband Ossie.

Beryl Cruse helped produce the children's book, Bittangabee Tribe with Liddy Stewart, Sue Norman and others. The group also collaborated on the book Mutton Fish: The Surviving Culture of Aboriginal People and Abalone on the South Coast of New South Wales. Beryl is currently working to establish an archive at the Monaroo Bobberrer Gudu (Keeping Place) near Eden.

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Mutton Fish : The Surviving Culture of Aboriginal People and Abalone on the South Coast of New South Wales 2005 single work life story This work contains the story of Indigenous Australians living on the South Coast in New South Wales, and their struggle to hunt and eat Walkun (Abalone) a traditional food source.
2016 recipient Australia-China Council Special Award for Translation
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