Proud Race

Community Members With Us

Stories sent to Proud Race about community members who are still with us.

Sherry Balcombe

Sherry's father was a very strong, proud Aboriginal man from Far North Queensland.

He was involved in the fight for Aboriginal rights for many years.

She was always brought up to be proud of her Aboriginality and to identify at every opportunity.

Walda Blow

Aunty Walda Blow is a proud Yorta Yorta woman from Cumeragunja (formerly mission) situated on the Murray River, North of Echuca. Ms Blow is known as Aunty Walda to the young Aboriginal women aged 15 to 20 who she works with at the Margaret Tucker Hostel for girls. She has spent 15 years working with one of Victoria's most vulnerable groups. Some of the women have babies or young children with them and many arrive suffering grief and trauma arising from family violence and/or sexual abuse.

Reginald Blow

Reg Blow is an Aboriginal person born in Queensland. He identifies on his mother's side, the Taribelang Bunda, Goreng Goreng people of the Burnet district area north of Brisbane. Reg's father's people are the Kumbumerri of the Gold Coast area. Reg is married to Walda, a Yorta Yorta woman from Cumeragunja Village (formerly mission) situated on the Murray River, North of Echuca.

Eva-Jo Edwards

Eva-Jo Edwards is a Mutthi Mutthi / Yorta Yorta woman who, despite growing up as part of the stolen generation of Aboriginal children who were taken away from their parents, has made an immense contribution professionally and culturally to the Aboriginal community of Victoria and beyond.

Richard Frankland

Richard J. Frankland is one of Australia's most experienced Aboriginal singer/songwriter, authors, film makers.

Born on the coast in south-west Victoria, Richard is a proud Gunditjmara man who has worked as a soldier, fisherman, and Field Officer during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in custody.