Please read the comments for information on donations. Thank you!
The sad news about about the passing of Dr. Ruby Langford Ginibi was shared with us by Oliver Haag (see below). His email then generated messages of sympathy (not quoted here) as well as the call you will read below. Thank you! /Gabi Espak/
It is with great sadness that I heard about the death of Dr. Ruby Langford Ginibi, 77-year-old Bundjalung historian and political activist. Never having received formal university education, Dr. Langford Ginibi documented Australian Aboriginal History from deeply personal experiences, eventually becoming one of Aboriginal Australia's most well-known historians and writers. I remember Dr. Langford Ginibi as a helpful, warm and witty person and I will never forget her humour and kindness. I think Dr. Ginibi deserves a special place in our memory and I thought it is perhaps a good sign that European Australian Studies scholars acknowledge this remarkable woman in some way. Perhaps we can name a lecture after her (for example, one of the keynotes at the biennial EASA conferences) or a prize or whatever; or those of us who knew her in personâ€”or just enjoyed her writingâ€”can put together a few paragraphs in tribute of her etc. Whatever you think appropriate, I think we should acknowledge her extraordinary lifeâ€”also in Europe. What do you say? /Oliver Haag/
This is great. Aunty would so have appreciated a memorial lecture.
However, can I alert you to a more pressing issue?
Aunty was saving for her funeral, but had only raised $7800 towards the cost. There is a shortfall of $13200: this amount is currently on the credit card of Prof Suvendrini Perera of Curtin University in WA. We are urgently seeking donations of money toward the funeral expenses.
If the European Australian Studies scholars would like to assist in addressing this debt, could they please contact Professor Perera? I've cced her in to this email.
I've also attached a media release that Prof Perera and I put together.
Linda /Dr Linda Westphalen/
(Suvendrini Perera's contact is: S.Perera [at] curtin.edu.au)