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Ruby Langford Ginibi (a.k.a. Ruby Maude Langford) b. 26 Jan 1934 d. 2 Oct 2011 (139 works by fr. 1980)

Dr. Ruby Langford Ginibi was born at Box Ridge Mission, Coraki, on the north coast of New South Wales in 1934. A proud Bundjalung woman, she grew up in Bonalbo and attended high school in Casino. When she turned fifteen, she moved to Sydney where she qualified as a clothing machinist. Married at an early age, she had nine children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For many years, she lived and camped in the bush around Coonabarabran, working at fencing, lopping and ring-barking trees and pegging kangaroo skins. At other times, she lived in Sydney and was employed in clothing factories.

Ginibi made her literary debut at fifty-four, when her first book Don't Take Your Love To Town was released in 1988, Australia's Bicentennial Year. This book, which revealed the struggles and trials faced by Aboriginal women, won her a Human Rights Award.

Her second book, Real Deadly, was published in 1992 and her third, My Bundjalung People (1994), is an account of her return to the mission in Coraki to locate and reconnect with her extended family. Her fourth book, Haunted By the Past ,was published in 1999 and recounts the story of her son Nobby's incarceration.

Ginibi was not only an author, but also a lecturer and historian in Aboriginal history, culture, and politics at various universities and colleges. Recognised as a spokesperson, educator and recorder of Koori culture, she has travelled and lectured at home and abroad.

Ginibi received an inaugural History Fellowship from the Ministry of Arts in 1990, an inaugural Honorary Fellowship from the Australian National Museum in 1995, and an inaugural Doctorate of Letters (Honors Causia) from La Trobe University in 1998.

Her tribal name 'Ginibi' (black swan) was given to her in 1990 by her aunt, Eileen Morgan, a tribal elder of Box Ridge Mission.

Samuel Wagan Watson (a.k.a. Sam Wagan Watson) b. 1972 (315 works by fr. 1992)

State and National Award-winning poet and professional narrator and storyteller, Samuel Wagan Watson has Irish, German, Dutch, and Aboriginal (Munaldjali and Birri Gubba) ancestry. He is the son of prominent Brisbane-based writer and activist Sam Watson. Born in Brisbane Watson spent much of his earlier life on the fringe of the Sunshine Coast, but moved back to Brisbane to start a career.

In 1999, he was the winner of the David Unaipon Award for Emerging Indigenous Writers for his first collection of poetry Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight. Since then he has written: Itinerant Blues (2001), Hotel Bone (2001), The Curse Words (2011), and Smoke Encrypted Whispers which won the 2005 NSW Premier’s Award for the Book of the Year, and the National Kenneth Slessor prize for Poetry. In 2016 the chapbook, Monster’s Ink, was published.

As a contemporary poet and performer Watson has been in demand at major literary festivals and poetry events, including adaptations of his poetry into animation with the support of the Australian Film Commission. In 2005, a short documentary ‘Bound in Bitumen’ was produced and directed by filmmaker Helen Kassila, in which Watson reflected upon the historic divide of Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane in his poem ‘Last Exit to Brisbane’. This short documentary was acclaimed within the arts-festival circuit. Watson has toured as a writer and performer within Australia and overseas, and his writing has been translated into German, Norwegian, and Indonesian. In 2004, mixing his Indigenous culture with his love of Gothic horror, Watson produced and performed an opera ‘Die Dunkle Erde’ (The Dark Earth) with composers William Barton and Stephen Leek, which premiered in Brisbane in 2004 and again in 2005 at the Brisbane Music Festival.

In 2005 Watson was the poet-in-residence for the ABC TV’s ‘Sunday Arts’ and, in 2007 an artist-in-residence for the Indonesian ‘Utan Kayu’ Literary Biennale where his literary work was translated for audiences in Jakarta and central Java. In that same year, Watson first performed as a vocalist with Northern Territory artist and musician Leak Flanagan at the Newcastle National Young Writers’ Festival. Shortly after, Watson was commissioned by the Japanese Aeronautical Exploration Agency to develop haiku for the pleasure of astronauts living and working on the orbiting International Space Platform. More recently, Watson has been a poet-in-residence in the community of Yarrabah in North Queensland, and worked as a writer and script developer for 98.9FM Murri Country radio station in Brisbane.

In 2013, Smoke Encrypted Whispers was set to music by twenty-three Brisbane-based composers.

In between writing and working on community projects, including poetry in the built environment (his poetry adorns the Eleanor Schonell bridge in St Lucia, Queensland), Watson is a regular guest speaker, workshop facilitator and mentor centering around the creative arts.

(Sources: UQP website; Wikipedia website; ABC website; Writers Talk 2008 website; Poetry International Rotterdam website; ABC (German Vampires and The Dreamtime) The Music Show website; Snapshot Interview: Samuel Wagan-Watson, Ainslee Meredith 2012 on-line)

Melissa Lucashenko b. 1967 (101 works by fr. 1995)

Melissa Lucashenko is an award-winning novelist who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation. She was born and grew up in Brisbane. After working as a barmaid, delivery driver and karate instructor, Melissa received an honours degree in public policy from Griffith University, graduating in 1990.

Her writing explores the stories and passions of ordinary Australians with particular reference to Aboriginal people and others living around the margins of the first world. Melissa has been an independent screenplay assessor for Screen NSW and Screen Tasmania, and a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board of the Australia Council.

A versatile and prolific author, she has published (and won prizes for) young adult novels, contemporary literary fiction, and non-fiction.

Among her awards for writing are the Dobbie Prize, the Prize for Indigenous Writing (Victorian Premier's Literary Awards), and the Queensland Literary Award (Fiction Book Award). She has been shortlisted and longlisted for the Stella Prize, the Miles Franklin, the Aurealis Awards, the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and the Commonwealth Writers Prize. In 2013, her non-fiction essay 'Sinking Below Sight' won her a Walkley Award.

She is also a regular contributor to Griffith Review.

Romaine Moreton b. 1969 (112 works by fr. 1995)

A writer, film maker and performance poet, Romaine Moreton is from the Goernpil people of Stradbroke Island and the Bundjulung people of northern New South Wales. Romaine came from a farming and seasonal working family that later settled in the country town of Bodalla, New South Wales.

It was while she was growing up in the country that Romaine developed a love of storytelling. Picking beans in a field, she'd make up stories about her surroundings. Throughout high school, her teachers encouraged her to become a writer, a suggestion she rejected at first and warmed to later. Romaine's work is a direct response to the environment and she uses language to explore identity and explode myths.

In August, 2002 Moreton toured Australia with an African American capella band, Sweet Honey in the Rock, performing her signature spoken words before a sell-out crowd at the Sydney Opera House. Romaine has written for film and two of her short films, including 'Cherish', were shown at the Cannes Film Festival 1999. Moreton was selected as part of a group in 2007 to participate in a project by the Australian Film Commission (AFC) designed to nurture and assist the talents of upcoming Indigenous filmakers. The project was designed to give the chosen individuals the opportunity to develop their first feature film with the assistance of respected directors and producers such as Phillip Noyce, Zachary Skiar and Ray Lawrence.

Ellen van Neerven (a.k.a. Ellen Van Neerven-Currie) b. 1990 (117 works by fr. 2011)

Writer and editor Ellen van Neerven is a descendant of the Mununjali (Yugambeh) people from Beaudesert; their father was Dutch. Ellen grew up in Brisbane, where they attended Albany Creek High School; in 2010, Van Neerven graduated with a degree in Fine Arts in Creative Writing Production. In 2011, Ellen was granted a mentorship with black & write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project as an editing mentor, after which they were appointed as a black & write! Indigenous editor.

It was in their twenties that Van Neerven began to take writing seriously, although their love of writing began when they were six, encouraged by their grade one teacher. In 2013, Ellen won the David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the Queensland Literary Awards for their short-story collection Heat and Light. In addition to the Unaipon Award, the collection has won the Dobbie Award and the Indigenous Writer's Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Glenda Adams Award for New Writing (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), the Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance, the Steel Rudd Award (Queensland Literary Awards), and the Prize for Indigenous Writing (Victorian Premier's Literary Awards).

Their second book, the poetry collection Comfort Food, was published in 2016, when it was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW Premier's Literary Awards). Ellen released their third book, Throat, in 2020, which was published by UQP.

Bronwyn Bancroft b. 1958 (50 works by fr. 1993)

Bronwyn Bancroft is an Aboriginal artist and designer from the Bundjalung/Djanbun clan whose artworks have been collected and shown throughout Australia and the world. Bancroft grew up in the country town of Tenterfield and has completed a Diploma of Visual Communications, a Master of Studio Practice and a Master of Visual Arts (Painting).

She founded Designer Aboriginals, a company that showcases her creative works in their different mediums. Bancroft held the position of Chairperson of the National Indigenous Arts Advocacy Association, which aimed to pursue equality for Indigenous people through their creativity.

Rhoda Roberts (a.k.a. Rhoda Ann Roberts) b. 1959 (10 works by fr. 1993)

Rhoda Roberts is a Bundjalung woman of the Wiyebal clan. Her totem is the lizard. Roberts' childhood was spent in Lismore and Sydney.

After leaving school she trained to be a Nurse's Aide and eventually graduated as a registered nurse in 1979. With her nursing qualifications, Roberts travelled overseas to work. When she returned, she became involved in acting, training for three years before getting a job with a theatre company.

Roberts has worked as the Current Affairs Presenter of Vox Populi (SBS-TV), Radio Announcer on various radio programs, Reporter for First in Line, Presenter for Qantas in-flight videos, Artistic Director for the Awakening Ceremony for the Festival of the Dreaming (1997), and Indigenous Cultural Advisor for the Olympic Games in Sydney (2000).

In 2012, Roberts was named Artistic Director of Indigenous progamming at the Sydney Opera House.

Stephen Page b. 1965 (42 works by fr. 1992)

'Stephen Page is a descendant of the Nunukul, Munaldjali and Yugambeh people of south-east Queensland, and one of a trinity of talented brothers David and Russell. With an international reputation as a leading artistic director and choreographer, he is a former dancer for the Sydney Dance Company, and has been the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre since 1991. Bangarra's unique productions merge traditional and contemporary dance, oral traditions and social history, and have been acclaimed on the national and international touring circuits. His achievements include the Sidney Myer Individual Award as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Bank Festival of the Arts in 2004; the Matilda Award for Contribution to the Arts in Queensland in 2002; and two Helpmann Awards: Best Choreography for "Corroboree" in 2001, and Best New Australian Work and Best Dance Work for "Skin" in 2000.'

Source: (Sighted 28/09/2007).

Gerry Bostock (a.k.a. Gerald L Bostock; Gerald Bostock) b. 1942 d. 14 May 2014 (31 works by fr. 1976)

Bostock's formal education only went to year six as his headmaster thought he would do only menial labour and would not need any further education for that. For a while Bostock found employment as a seasonal worker, but he eventually joined the Australian Army in 1961 which took him overseas to Malaya and Borneo. After receiving most of his education from the Army during his service up until 1970, Gerry Bostock began to re-educate himself upon his return to Australia.

In 1972, Gerry Bostock participated in the political struggle surrounding the Aboriginal Embassy in Canberra. During this time he was an active participant in street theatre, helping to establish the Black Theatre in Sydney. Bostock was also among the second Aboriginal delegation to visit the People's Republic of China. In 1973, Bostock travelled throughout Australia discussing Aboriginal affairs, self determination and poetry with Aboriginal community members in the Northern Territory, NSW, South Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Gerry Bostock travelled to New Zealand in 1974 to have discussions and exchange different ideas about self determination programs.

When the Embassy collapsed Bostock felt compelled to write the poem 'Black Children' which was later published in Black Man Coming (1980). William H. Wilde, Joy Hooton and Barry Andrews in The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature, 2nd ed.(1994) note that this poem became a catchcry of the Indigenous political movement. Bostock found it hard to get his poetry published so when he wrote his play Here Comes the Nigger in 1974, he included a poet because he felt it was the only way his poetry could be shared with the public. Within the play, Bostock based the military character on his own experiences in the Australian Army.

Joining Film Australia in 1977, Bostock began working in film production, research and as an assistant on documentary films. Gerry Bostock and his brother Lester Bostock were the co-founders of Kuri Productions in 1985. His experience as a playwright gave him the opportunity to lead a practical workshop in the Our Words - Our Ways : National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers Workshop. In 1994 and 1995, Bostock was on the Sydney Writers' Festival Committee and was a panellist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Theatre : On the Edge during the 1995 festival.

Cherie Imlah (42 works by fr. 1987) Cherie Imlah has written drama and poetry. Her work has been published in several literary magazines, and her one-woman show "Belongings" was performed at the Fifth International Women Playwright's Conference in Greece. In addition to her writing, Imlah has lectured in Justice Studies at Queensland University of Technology. In 2008 Imlah was awarded a PhD in Creative Writing from Griffith University.
Kev Carmody (a.k.a. Kevin Carmody) b. 1946 (11 works by fr. 1987)

Songwriter and composer Kev Carmody, of Aboriginal and Irish descent, grew up on a cattle station near Goranba, Queensland. He notes on his official website that he 'was born in Cairns in 1946 to an Irish-Australian father and Aboriginal mother. His maternal heritage is the Bundjalung country in New South Wales which is the Ballina/Byron Bay/Cabbage Tree Island. His indigenous grandfather was a Lama Lama man from Cape York.'

At the age of ten he was removed from his parents and sent to a Christian school. He later returned to rural Queensland where he worked as a labourer for 17 years.

At the age of 33 Carmody began studying at university, later progressing to work on a PhD on the history of the Darling Downs between 1830 and 1860. His music career began during this phase of his life and he subsequently became a travelling singer/songwriter touring Australia and the world. Carmody's songs have been covered by various artists including Paul Kelly and his album Cannot Buy My Soul was shortlisted in the 2007 Deadly Awards, Album Release of the Year. (Source: Carmody's website)

Evelyn Araluen (a.k.a. Evelyn Araluen Corr) (43 works by fr. 1954)

Teacher and researcher.

Born, raised, and writing in Dharug country, Araluen is a descendant of the Bundjalung nation. In 2017, while  working in Indigenous literatures at the University of Sydney, she was the winner of the 2016 Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers: she had previously been a runner-up for the award in 2015, for 'Learning Bundjalung on Tharawal'. She is also the winner of the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize (2017 award, won in 2018).

In August 2019, Araluen was appointed as one of two new co-editors for Overland, with Jonathan Dunk: the appointments followed the first open advertisement of the magazine's editorship in its 65-year history.

Jon Bell (14 works by fr. 2007)

Jon Bell is a film and television producer. He grew up in Casino. His mother was Bundjalung and his father Wiradjuri. Bell made the short film And Justice For One before being commissioned to make another for SBS called Two Big Boys. He has also worked as a family case worker for the New South Wales Department of Children's Services.

Among his significant works for television are The Gods of Wheat Street, Cleverman, and The Warriors.

David Page b. 1961 d. 29 Apr 2016 (14 works by fr. 1992)

David Page, singer, composer, actor and a senior collaborator with Bangarra Dance Theatre, was a descendant of the Nunkul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh tribe of south east Queensland. Page had studied saxophone, voice, composition and song at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music at the Adelaide University, and since 1992 composed music for many of the Bangarra Dance Theatre's major works.

Stephen Page, David's brother had been the Artistic Director of Bangarra Dance Theatre since the late 1980s. His brother, Russell had also been an acclaimed dancer and choreographer for the Bangarra Dance Theatre.

Shane Hendry (a.k.a. Shane T. Hendry) (20 works by fr. 1995)

Shane Hendry, poet and writer was born in Stanthorpe, Queensland, his poetry helped 'him to understand why, as a child, he was different and why he had a different way of looking at life and the world around him...' (Source: Message Stick, 1997)

Fabienne Bayet (a.k.a. Fabienne Bayet-Charlton) b. 1970 d. May 2011 (8 works by fr. 1996)

Born to a Bundjalung mother and a Belgian father, Bayet worked for the Native Title Unit, the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and in the Parliamentary Research Unit. After moving from Canberra to Adelaide, Bayet concentrated more on her writing and motherhood. In her spare time she was a volunteer firefighter.

Rory O'Connor (a.k.a. Rory Pearse O'Connor) (26 works by fr. 1991)

Rory O'Connor is the son of Terrance Michael O'Connor and Patricia O'Connor. The daughter of Edith Yuke and granddaughter of Jenny Graham, Patricia was instrumental in the establishment of the Yugambeh Museum.

Lester Bostock b. 1934 d. 23 Nov 2017 (2 works by fr. 2007)

Lester Bostock was raised at Box Ridge Reserve in New South Wales and has been involved in Aboriginal community affairs since the 1960s, through theatre, film, radio, television and community development. He is brother to Gerry Bostock. In 2009, part of Bostock's life story was featured in the National Museum of Australia's exhibition From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting For Indigenous Rights 1920-1970.

Faith Baisden (9 works by fr. 2008) Faith Baisden has worked with Indigenous language communities around Australia on reclaiming, reviving and ensuring the ongoing strength of traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Baisden has worked with the State Library of Queensland on the Indigenous Languages Project and as coordinator of the Queensland Indigenous Languages Advisory Committee. She has also written and illustrated children's literature.
Djon Mundine (9 works by fr. 2012)

'Djon Mundine has been a curator, writer, artist and activist who has been involved in the visual arts since the late 1970s. He was Art Advisor at Milingimbi, Maningrida and Ramingining in the Northern Territory from 1979-95. While at Ramingining, Djon initiated The Aboriginal Memorial (1987-88), a significant installation of 200 hollow log coffins or poles now on permanent display at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.

Between 2006 and 2009 he was based at the Campbelltown Art Centre in Sydney as Indigenous Curator of contemporary art but is now working freelance. In 2011 he curated Cold Eels & Distant Thoughts (Newcastle University Gallery- opens at Monash Gallery of Art, 14 April 2012), Beauty, Vanity & Narcissism (Cross Arts Project Gallery, Potts Point), Star Sky Trees Breeze (The Vanishing Point Point Gallery, Newtown), People we know, Places We've Been (Goulburn Regional Art Gallery), and My Teenage Years (Lismore Regional Art Gallery).' Source: (Sighted 20/06/2012).

Daniel Browning (22 works by fr. 2010)

A descendant of the Bundjalung and Kullilli peoples, Daniel Browning studied English and Art History at The University of Queensland and completed his Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) at the Queensland University of Technology, where he majored in painting. A former news director at Triple J, Browning has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) since 1994. He originally joined the Awaye! team on Radio National on a short-term basis in 1997 and as, of 2018, is still the show's producer and presenter.

In 2010, Browning was guest editor for Artlink's Blak On Blak edition of Aboriginal art. He was also the curator of Blak Box, an immersive sound installation on Sydney Harbour.

Charles Harold Moran b. 8 Jul 1930 d. 11 Apr 2019 (4 works by fr. 2004)

Charles was born at Kempsey, NSW and spent most of his life wandering around New South Wales and ventured over the border into Queensland in search of work. Soon after his birth his Mother left his father, Charlie Moran, and moved to Pretty Gully, North of Tabulam, NSW where they lived in a bark hut. He did several occupations during his working life, such as sawmill work, brickworks, railway worker, and council worker which included grave digging. He later join the army, and did his initial training in Wagga Wagga, and then was commissioned at Kapooka, and later to the Army Engineering Base at Casula in Sydney. After he left the Army he went to Queensland where he eloped with his future wife, before they could get legally married they had to have exemption cards. He worked for the Ipswich Council. After his stint with the Council, he returned to the Queensland Railways. Charles was constantly moving towns, and jobs.( Source: Koori Mail 6 June 1991)

Nyunggai Warren Mundine b. 1956 (3 works by fr. 2017)

Nyunggai Warren Stephen Mundine AO is an Australian Aboriginal leader and the former National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP). After leaving the Labour Party in 2012, he was appointed chairman of the Indigenous Advisory Council.

Jenny Fraser (a.k.a. Jennifer Fraser) b. 1971 (11 works by fr. 2007)

Jenny Fraser works at the nexus of art, film-making and new technologies as a new media artist. Her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally, including 'cultural copy' at the Fowler Museum in San Francisco and Interactiva01 and Interactive03: biennales at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico.

Fraser founded and curates cyberTribe, an Indigenous online Gallery that aims to encourage the production and exhibition of Indigenous Art with a focus on the digital. She was the first Aboriginal curator to present a Triennial exhibition in Australia and has also been artist-in-residence in diverse places, including remote communities in the Northern Territory, the Rocky Mountains in Banff and Brisbane, Queensland.

Pamela Dahl-Helm Johnston b. 1947 d. 2013 (1 works by fr. 1996)

Pamela Dahl-Helm Johnston was an artist. She was a long-term resident of Sydney’s Woolloomooloo and advocate for social justice, equality and the rights of minority groups.

Lorraine Mafi-Williams (a.k.a. Lorraine Turnbull) b. 1940 d. 23 Jan 2001 (10 works by fr. 1976)

A filmmaker, writer, social activist, teacher and cultural ambassador from the far north coast of New South Wales, Lorraine Mafi-Williams wrote a selection of Aboriginal legends about this area. She studied to become a professional journalist and also worked as an actress. Her 1988 film 'E'ellermani: The Story of Leo and Leva', about a Githabul hero was presented with an Erwin Rado Award at the Melbourne Film Festival in 1988.

Ysola Best b. 15 Nov 1940 d. 2007 (6 works by fr. 1990)

Ysola Best, a Yugambeh woman, spent much of her life researching and documenting her Indigenous heritage. Best's ancestors were the Koombumerri families of the Yugambeh speakers, and were the traditional custodians of the Gold Coast.

The granddaughter of Jenny Graham (q.v.), and daughter of Edith Graham and Stanley Yuke, Best spent much of her childhood on the Nerang River on Brighton Parade in Southport and was the youngest of six children. Best married Robin Best in 1962. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide in 1990 and then a Graduate Diploma in Museum Management from James Cook University. Best was a member of the Aboriginal advisory committee of the State Library of Queensland and worked for the Federation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages

In 1997, Best wrote Kombumerri: Saltwater People published by Heinemann Library educational publishers. The book documents Best's personal view and family history as well as the history of the Yugambeh peoples and looks at what it means to be Indigenous in Australia today. She co-authored Yugambeh Talgah with her sister Patricia O'Connor and Candace Kruger. Best was involved with Yugambeh Museum language Heritage and Research Centre and provided assistance to her family in demanding that the University of Queensland return skeletal remains of ancestors for burial.

Euphemia Bostock (a.k.a. Phemie Bostock) b. 1936 (2 works by fr. 1993)

'Bundjalung-Munajali woman, Euphemia (Phemie) Bostock's mother was born at Nymbodia, outside of Grafton. Her father worked for the Department of Main Roads, so much of her early life was spent travelling through rural New South Wales. When World War II broke out the family settled in Brisbane until the early 1960s. Phemie then moved with her two daughters to Sydney and became involved in the Aboriginal struggle working with various community organizations. She has worked across a variety of media including textile, sculpture and printmaking since the 1960s. Her artistic training took place at the East Sydney Technical College, Sydney College of the Arts, and Redfern's Eora Centre. '

Aunty Phemie is a respected Elder and has exhibited widely in Australia and internationally. Her work has been featured on the Australian Design Stamp Series for Australia Post. She was a founding member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Source: (in part) and Sighted 23/04/2009).

Mary Davis (a.k.a. Aunty Mary Davis) b. 18 Aug 1939 d. 12 Aug 2007 (1 works by fr. 2007)

Born Maryann Kathleen Drumbley, in Casino, in Bundjalung country, Davis grew up in Gumbayyngirr country (Nambucca Heads). After losing her mother at the age of nine or ten, Aunty Mary Davis lived with her father until she was removed from his care by the Welfare Board and sent to live with various family members in Queensland.

As a member of the Stolen Generations herself, Aunty Mary Davis was an activist for the rights of Aboriginal people. She was Chair of the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation and Chair of the Illawarra Lands Council. Davis was also an active member of the Shellharbour Council Aboriginal Advisory Committee. Her passion for the local Koori rugby team was evident in the time she spent supporting and promoting them.

Bertha Kapeen b. 1935 d. 25 Feb 2017 (2 works by fr. 1990)

Bertha Kapeen was born on Cabbage Tree Island which is near Ballina in New South Wales. She is the ninth child in a family of thirteen children and her family totem is the Goanna. Kapeen went to school at Cubawee Aboriginal School and then North Lismore Public School until she left school at age fourteen.

At around fifteen years of age, Kapeen was sent to Sydney where she worked as a housekeeper for a doctor. She became involved in education in her 20's and was the first Aboriginal person to be employed by the New South Wales Department of Education. Kapeen has been a participant in the Aboriginal Education Consulting Group for over thirty years. She has also run a cultural awareness education programme for medical doctors associated with Southern Cross University.

In her capacity as a highly respected Elder and community leader, Kapeen conducts cultural tours and other activities associated with Bundjalung community business such as, storytelling and Welcome to Country. In 2008 Kapeen was named the Ballina Electorate's Woman of the Year.

Samia Goudie (12 works by fr. 2008)

'Samia Goudie grew up with an adopted family; she is from the Bundjalung and Munaldjali nations, and also of unknown European descent. She has lived mostly on the east coast of NSW and Queensland. Her life has also been influenced by a strong relationship with the people of 'Turtle Island' (North America), where she spent several years living in the high desert country of New Mexico. She left home early and worked as crew on a small catamaran and sailed to India whilst still a teenager. This adventure birthed a passion and interest in other cultures and people, and a love affair with saltwater that continues today.' As a Senior lecturer in Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander health at the ANU Medical school. She has been a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and has a passion for writing, making films, telling stories and using new media in art exhibitions and installations. Samia finds great solace in being on country, with the ocean, rivers, lands and trees. Much of her writing, film and art capture memory and dreams as well as having a political response to the treatment of Aboriginal peoples through her own experiences. Samia has had academic and non-academic works published and displayed. Source: Southerly 71.2, p. 246; per.comm Kerry Reed-Gilbert, 2016

Other Works:

Goudie, Samia The challenge of Indigenous peoples: Spectacle or politics?. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), 2015.

Goudie, Samia, (screenwriter,), Gaines, Joe, (screenwriter,), Brown, Darryl, (interviewer.), Anger, Jessie, (interviewer.), Fernandez, Mick, (interviewer.) et al. Nuggung Dayalun : a gathering of Elders. [Wollongong, New South Wales publisher not identified, 1997.

Goudie, S. (2012). The challenge of Indigenous peoples: Spectacle or politics? Australian Aboriginal Studies – review AIATSIS press

Goudie, S. (2009). Time for Hope. Clinical outreach project and health promotion: Medical student’s community engagement and partnership.

Goudie, S. (2009). Stories of Hope and Resilience through New Media. CRCAH


Goudie, S. (2007). Terra Nullius: Aboriginal Self-Determination and Governance. CCIS: Social and Cultural Anthropology. California, USA. (2007).

Goudie, S. (2006). Telling our stories healing our wounds. University of Arizona: Distinguished lecture series online.

Conference Papers

Goudie, S. (2010). Old ways – New Ways Telling our stories using new media - Exploring “wellness”. The Hopevale – Pelican Experience, ITIC-AIATSIS. Online pod cast.

Goudie, S. (2008). Partnerships and New media community development. Making links: Using new Media for social inclusion: Melbourne University. Online pod cast

Unpublished Publications or Reports

Goudie, S. (2011). Beyond the clinic learning on country. AIATSIS Aboriginal studies conference, ANU

Goudie, S. (2014). New media and Indigenous engagement with social media

Goudie, S. Doolan, G. (2014). "Yarning up Cultural safety” The journey to Cultural safety. ‘The Muster Global community Health Conference, Uluru, NT Australia

Goudie, S. (2012). (NAWI) Widening the circle. Australian Maritime Museum, first Aboriginal Water crafts. Conference, Sydney. Online blog publication

AIATSIS Aboriginal studies conference ANU, (2011).

Goudie, S. (2011). Camera Story. Workshop - AIATSIS Aboriginal studies conference, ANU

Goudie, S. (2010). Old ways – New ways - the Digital Story. International Healing Our Spirit Worldwide Conference Hawaii.

Goudie, S. (2009). Feet on Country – Return to Wellness, Reversing the Trend: Resilience in the face of Historical Trauma - Keynote,” Enid Zuckerman School of Public Health, Arizona, USA

Goudie, S. (2008). Spirituality and Health: Indigenous Perspectives of Wellness. Flinders University, Adelaide

Goudie, S. (2006). New Perspectives on Indigenous Media in Australia. NYU Lecture Series, School of History, Media and Culture.

Goudie, S. (2006). Health, Human Rights, and Indigenous Community Development in Australia. NYU Lecture Series, School of History, Media and Culture.

Goudie, S. (1998). Peer education strategies and partnerships. Healing Our Spirit World Wide. 3rd Indigenous Health Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.

Goudie, S. (1999). Cultural Issues in the delivery of sexual health education. AIDS Impact Conference, Melbourne Australia, Unpublished paper

Goudie, S. (1998). Diversity, Spirit and Community. Pre-conference Cultural Grief Workshop: Resolving Conflict. Third Transpersonal Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

George Bostock b. 1940 (2 works by fr. 2001)

Although born in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales, George Bostock moved with his family to Brisbane, growing up in Moorooka. George Bostock served with the 4th Battlalion Royal Australian Regiment for 20 years and saw active duty in Vietnam and Borneo.

In 1992 he was awarded an Australia Council grant and thus the play Seems Like Yesterday , which he originally wrote to record his experiences for his granchildren, underwent significant development and was subsequently produced by Kooemba Jdarra.

Kylie Caldwell (1 works by fr. 2020)

Bundjalung artist Kylie Caldwell is an ardent weaver and fibre artist, interested in reviving and pursuing traditional cultural practices that her ancestors have used over thousands of years, rediscovering these ancient Bundjalung crafts and threading them into the modern world. Caldwell seeks to soak up the knowledge and wisdom from Bundjalung Jargoon (country), utilising varies modes to deepen and expand her own cultural creative expression and knowledge.

Caldwell is committed to growing traditional weaving through both the ancient form and contemporary artistry to represent an enduring Bundjalung identity.

Pauline Mitchell b. 1962 (5 works by fr. 1993)

Pauline Mitchell is a poet and the daughter of the lecturer, cultural educator and award winning writer Ruby Langford Ginibi.

Jack Manning Bancroft (3 works by fr. 2015)

Jack Manning Bancroft is the CEO of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), and has been named in Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People. He is Aboriginal artist and designer, Bronwyn Bancroft's son.

Gordon Langford (a.k.a. Nobby Langford; Gordon Allan Langford) (5 works by fr. 1990)
Kylie Fennell (13 works by fr. 2020)

'Brisbane-based writer of European and Aboriginal (Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung) descent who explores culture and identity through her YA and fantasy fiction writing.'

Source: Lorikeet Ink.

Maureen Logan (3 works by fr. 2006)

Maureen Logan is a Bundjalung Elder from the Tweed Valley, New South Wales. She started making films when she entered the Homegrown Film Works project in 2004. She was a finalist with her short film of a local story called Our Boat. Logan went on to apply for, and win a place with, Metro Screens in Sydney where she made her short film Susan's Birthday Party.

Logan is also a voluntary cultural educator for the Tweed primary school area. In 2009, part of Logan's life story was featured in the National Museum of Australia's exhibition From Little Things Big Things Grow: Fighting For Indigenous Rights 1920-1970.

Mary Hooker (a.k.a. Mary Farrell-Hooker; Aunty Mary)

Mary Hooker and her brothers and sister were taken away from their mother, separated and sent to various Children's Homes including Rystone, Yarra Bay, Montrose and Lynwood Hall. Mary Hooker is also a survivor and former resident of the Parramatta Girls Home. She is a founding member of the Stolen Generations Alliance and a former member of the New South Wales and the National Sorry Day Committee.

Source: Stolen Generations Alliance website,; Us Taken-Away Kids (2007)

Charmaine Ledden-Lewis (5 works by fr. 2020)

In 2019, Charmaine Ledden-Lewis (then a freelance artist based in Blackheath, in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales) won the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award, presented by Magabala Books. She will be illustrating Bruce Pascoe's first children's book as a result of the award.

Grace Lucas-Pennington (1 works by fr. 2020)

'Grace Lucas-Pennington is a young Aboriginal woman of Bundjalung/European descent. Growing up, she spent her time between Northern NSW and the Logan/Brisbane area. Grace is interested in publishing, politics, media, social justice, and the arts. She is passionate about First Nations writing, and promoting our stories. Grace has had a position with the Black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project as a Trainee Editor.' (Source : )

Kathleen Butler-Mcllwraith (2 works by fr. 2004) Kathleen Butler-Mcllwraith (daughter of Julianne Butler) traces her ancestry to both Bundjalung and Worimi peoples. In 2004 she was a tutor at the Indigenous Post-graduate Unit [Umulliko] at Newcastle University.
Judy Atkinson (1 works by fr. 2002)

Professor Judy Atkinson is of the Jiman people of the Upper Dawson in Central West Queensland, and the Bundjalung of Northern New South Wales. Professor Atkinson has worked in the community and in academia in the fields of violence, trauma, and healing. In 2006, Atkinson received the Neville Bonner Teaching Excellence in Indigenous Education Award, from the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Sandy Greenwood b. 1982 (1 works by fr. 2018)

Actor and playwright.

Sandy Greenwood holds a BA Hons in Creative Industries from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and has worked with theatre companies including Sydney Theatre Company, Ilbijerri Indigenous Theatre Company, and, internationally, the Seattle Theatre Company.

In 2018, she wrote and performed Matriarch, a story of four generations of First Nations women, for Melbourne Fringe.

Juanita Harris (2 works by fr. 1997) Born in the Tweed area of northern New South Wales, artist Junita Harris, has been a member of the Gold Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Arts and Crafts.
Kylie Mitchell (3 works by fr. 2011) Kylie Mitchell contributed poetry to the anthology All Ginibi's Mob and is the daughter of award winning writer and cultural ambassador Ruby Langford Ginibi. Mitchell is also the sister of Pauline Mitchell (qq.v).
Grace Roberts d. 30 Oct 1982 Grace Roberts was born on an Aboriginal Reserve in Dunoon, New South Wales. Grace Roberts is a member of the Stolen Generations and was raised in Cootamundra Girls Home. During her life, Grace Roberts worked tirelessly towards improving the lives of people within the New South Wales Aboriginal community by being the driving force behind the establishment of the Wongala Housing Company. In her honour, The Grace Roberts Award recognises the efforts of an Aboriginal person who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the better quality of life for Aboriginal people in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.
Amelia Telford

Amelia Telford has worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). Telford was the 2014 NAIDOC Youth of the Year, Australian Geographic's Young Conservationist of the Year in 2015.

Thomas E.S. Kelly (2 works by fr. 2020) Thomas E.S. Kelly is a proud Bundjalung-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man. He studied at NAISDA Dance College and graduated in 2012. Thomas is an artist that works with multiple art forms which include choreography, dance, theatre, music composition, puppetry and teaching. In 2017 Thomas co-founded and became Co-Artistic Director of Karul Projects.