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1996: Death of Margaret Tucker, Indigenous Australian activist and writer

23 August All day

Margaret (Lilardia) Tucker (1904 – 1996) was one of Australia’s earliest and most notable Aboriginal activists. The Indigenous Australia website explains:

“Her Aboriginal name, Lilardia, means flower but she was known affectionately to black and white alike as ‘Auntie Marge’. She was born at Warrangasda, an Aboriginal reserve near Darlington Point on the Murrumbidgee River in NSW, of a full-blood mother and part-white father, Theresa and Bill Clements.

Over the years, Auntie Marge won the respect of people because of her refusal to be embittered by the injustices and wrongs done to her people. Her philosophy was to go on fighting to put the wrongs right. Throughout her life, she never lost her sense of compassion and understanding for others.”

Tucker, Margaret Elizabeth, Indigenous Australia