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All My Mob

Ruby Langford Ginibi – one of Australia’s great storytellers – is a survivor.


On Xmas morning I’ll get on the phone and call all my jahjams. I’ll tell my children that they are the only reason why I’m still alive. Their love, respect and support have lifted me higher than the highest mountains, and elevated me to achieve what I have with my writing and lecturing on our history in this country. I’ve wanted to open up white and multicultural Australia’s hearts and eyes to our social disadvantages, so they might help pull us outa the shit that has been created for us but not by us!

Struggling to make ends meet in suburban Sydney, while also maintaining her family’s links to their land and rich cultural heritage, Ruby has some compelling tales to share. Her force of will is inspirational, and so is the connection she has with her mob. Ruby, the mother of nine children, grandmother to twenty-one, and great-grandmother to thirteen, writes about her supportive family with love, brave honesty and much humour.

This brilliant collection of stories features a foreword by Dr Pam Johnston that places Ruby’s anecdotes in the context of a country which seems incapable of healing its past or of creating a better future for Indigenous people. Featuring the best stories from Ruby’s Real Deadly, plus many unpublished gems dating as far back as 1992, All My Mob’s portrayal of family life, ‘home’, and life as an Aborigine in today’s Australia is fascinating, often confronting and unforgettable.

Ruby Langford-Ginibi

Ruby Langford-Ginibi

Ruby Langford Ginibi, a member of the Bundjalung people, was born in 1934 on Box Ridge mission Coraki. She grew up in Bonalbo and later Casino, New South Wales. Her autobiographies Don’t Take Your Love to Town (1988) and Real Deadly (1992) describe her life in the bush and later in Sydney raising a family of nine children.

Recognised as a spokesperson, educator and author of Koori culture, she travelled and lectured in Australia and abroad, and her essays were widely published. Her tribal name ‘Ginibi’ (black swan) was given to her in 1990 by her aunt, Eileen Morgan, a tribal elder of Box Ridge mission. She returned to Bundjalung country to re-establish connections with her family, community and land she left as a child. My Bundjalung People is an account of her journey home, and was published by UQP in 1994.