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Somebody Now

The autobiography of Ellie Gaffney, a woman of the Torres Strait
Ellie Gaffney

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Ellie Gaffney’s thirst for knowledge, her determination to succeed and her desire to help her people, shine through these pages as she tells the story of her life and the lives of those she touched...

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Ellie Gaffney’s thirst for knowledge, her determination to succeed and her desire to help her people, shine through these pages as she tells the story of her life and the lives of those she touched. The first identified Torres Strait Islander to become a qualified nursing sister, Ellie encountered discrimination from many quarters. In later years Ellie was involved in setting up the Torres Strait Islander Media Association and the first radio broadcasting studio on Thursday Island.

Production Details
  • PDF - Digital download
  • 145pp
  • Released 1989
  • ISBN 0 85575 195 9
Excerpt

"This book is dedicated to my three daughters Yasmin, Whitney and Maryann, women of Torres Strait."

- Ellie Gaffney

 

Content

List of illustrations
As far back as I can recall
My young life
Things were happening again
The Ted Loban story
The learning time
Nursing back home
Yarrabah 1963-1965
Nursing in the Northern Territory
Media in the Torres Strait
Other Torres Strait Island women achievers
Homelessness
Education
Health issues
The coming of the light
Alice Springs
Land rights
Somebody now

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About The Cover

Cover design by Annie Kingsbury

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Jeeni L.
Amazing Woman

Ellie wrote an amazing biography, describing her amazing life. She was certainly a pioneer of her time. I am a direct descendent of the Gaffney family, so naturally I enjoyed reading her story. I highly recommend the book for anyone that wants to learn about life in the Torres Straights in that era.

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Ellie wrote an amazing biography, describing her amazing life. She was certainly a pioneer of her time. I am a direct descendent of the Gaffney family, so naturally I enjoyed reading her story. I highly recommend the book for anyone that wants to learn about life in the Torres Straights in that era.

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