Friday Hoyden Quicklink: Dr Auntie Ruby Langford Ginibi 1934-2011

We lost a great Australian on October 1st, 2011. You can read more about her [here]. Her 1988 memoir, Don’t Take Your Love To Town, is widely recognised as a core contribution to the Australiana canon.

Aunty Ruby wrote non-fiction, poems, short stories, and essays that made a distinctive contribution to Australian literature and history. Many of her works are studied in high schools and universities in Australia and abroad.

The Australian Government’s official biography site introduces her thusly:

Writer, Born 1934, Coraki, NSW
The life of Ruby Langford Ginibi is a story of triumph against the odds. She was born on a mission station, and her mother left the family when Langford was six years old. At the age of 16 she embarked on the first of four tumultuous relationships and went on to raise nine children, working as a fencer, cleaner and machinist. Three of her children died, and one son has spent almost half his life in correctional institutions. In 1984, after shaking off an alcohol addiction, Langford wrote her autobiography Don’t Take Your Love to Town, which won the 1988 Human Rights Literary Award.

When Dr Langford Ginibi died, her family was unable to cover her funeral expenses. Some fellow writers stepped in to cover the costs, mortgaging their home to do so. A donations drive has been started to help reimburse those expenses. If you can afford to memorialise a great woman by donating to this fund, please consider doing so. The PayPal address is (I had to be logged into my own PayPal account before I could send funds to this account, because I couldn’t find anybody who has set up a PayPal button for those who don’t already have a PayPal account? – once I was logged in, it was easy-peasy.)

Front-page post-image credit: Penguin book cover of Don’t Take Your Love To Town

Categories: arts & entertainment, indigenous, social justice, Sociology

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  1. Suvendrini Perera’s thank you:

    Thank you very much for your kind words and generous contribution to the fund for Auntie Ruby.
    I have been so moved by the responses coming in. I am keeping a record of all contributions to be published in memorial volume, and will let you know of any other form of memorial set up.

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