Ruby Hammond

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Ruby Florence Hammond

South Side

Name added to memorial on May 1 1999

Ruby Hammond PSM (Public Service Medal) was born at Kingston in the South East in 1936.

She was a trade-unionist and activist working for equality and justice for Aboriginal people and the community in general.

Ruby was the first Aboriginal to stand for Parliament. Her portfolios included

  • Aboriginal Legal Services
  • Aboriginal Housing Board
  • Aboriginal Lands Trust Advisory Committee
  • Royal Commission Inquiry into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Aboriginal Health Policy development in the South Australian Health Commission
  • Department of Industries and Personal Relations
  • And Co-coordinator for the Department of Arts and Cultural heritage.

In March 1993 Ruby was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Governor of South Australia, Her Excellency Dame Roma Mitchell for her work in Aboriginal Affairs and was further honoured by the Electoral Commissioner of South Australia, who named a seat in the House of Assembly after her.

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