The City says farewell to Aunty Margaret
Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are respectfully advised that this page contains images of people who have passed away. Their contribution and legacy is valued and continues to inform the City’s initiatives. Note – Permission was granted by the Culbong family for the use of this photograph from the Moorditj Bridyas exhibition.
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The City says farewell to Aunty Margaret, a founding member of our Elders Advisory Group since 2016. The wisdom and strength of Aunty's character is so beautifully captured in this photo from the Moorditj Bridyas exhibition.
As a public health professional, Aunty Margaret was instrumental in setting up Aboriginal Health Services. In 2021 Aunty Margaret's contribution to Aboriginal Health in Western Australia was recognised, when she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Curtin University. Aunty Margaret was so knowledgeable and patient in sharing her culture with the City and we are forever grateful for this.
She passionately lent her voice to help shape the City through the development of the City's Reconciliation Action Plan. She leaves a great legacy for all people of Boorloo (Perth) including the crocheted shield, which heavily influenced our new City of Light logo, the signing of the Yacker Danjoo Ngala Bidi (agreement between City of Perth and the representatives of Aboriginal peoples with a connection to Perth) and the amazing redevelopment of Wellington Square (Moort-ak Waadiny) public park, a place of cultural and spiritual significance.
In recognition of the impact Aunty Margaret has had on the City, we are lowering our flags to half-mast and lighting up Council House in the colours of the Aboriginal Flag on the day of her funeral, 6 August 2022.