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Legacy of Aboriginal health worker Aunty Pat lives on

Date posted: 28 August 2013

The great lakes district in New South Wales (NSW) recently mourned the death of Worimi Elder and Aboriginal health worker Aunty Pat Davis-Hurst, but her husband Ray Hurst is determined for her legacy to live on, by donating copies of Aunty Pat's book 'Sunrise Station Revisited' to students in local schools in the area.

The book recalls Aunty Pat's life on Sunrise Station, then known as Purfleet Mission, where she was born and later worked. Mr Hurst believes the book is an important tool in communicating Indigenous history to the younger generation.
'She enlightened people about our culture in a good way,' he says.

Aunty Pat enjoyed a long career as an Aboriginal health worker, human rights activist and teacher. She was instrumental in founding a number of Indigenous organisations in the great lakes region, and in 2006 was appointed an Officer of the order of Australia (AO) for her service to the broader community, through promoting awareness of reconciliation, Indigenous culture and history, and land rights; and for advising, assisting and mentoring Indigenous people.

Mr Hurst is also involved in fundraising for a planned museum dedicated to his wife's work and the preservation of Indigenous culture.

Source: Great Lakes Advocate


Last updated: 28 August 2013
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